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Dr. Pamela Fox 

A closer look at 
Mary Baldwin's ninth president 





*J Vol. 17 No.l 

Fall 2003 


President's letter 

Art Director 
GRETCHEN NEWMAN gnewman@mbc.edij 

What a wonderful welcome my hus- 
band Dan Layman and I have 
received! We are so grateful — and so 
very happy — to be here in such a beau- 
tiful, inspiring place, one that truly does 
have a spirit, a soul. With great anticipa 
tion, we looked forward to the 
beginning of the academic year, to get- 
ting to know students and faculty along 
with the MBC staff. There have been 
only happy surprises. It is good to be 
part of the Mary Baldwin family. 

Last spring, as I anticipated our 
move here and my own personal transi- 
tion, I spent some time reading Socrates 
and listening to Beethoven symphonies. 
That helped me to focus my own soul 
and aided the move from 
being dean of the School of 
Fine Arts at a public mid- 
Western university not far 
from a metropolitan area — 
Cincinnati — to serving as 
president of an independent 
liberal-arts college in a 
small city in the 
Shenandoah Valley. 

Mary Baldwin's approach to educa 
tion was one of the reasons I was so 
excited to come here. Our way of 
teaching and learning — asking and 
answering wide-ranging, fundamental 
questions, as Socrates did — is both 
timeless and timely. What could be 
more useful and enduring than learn- 
ing how to reason, to write and speak 
well, to lead your own life, and to 
embrace civic responsibility? 

The courses and programs we offer 
will continue to evolve, as they should, 
reflecting better ways to serve students 
and prepare them for further study, 
careers and fulfilling lives in a rapidly 

changing world, one that is both closer 
and less familiar than many may have 
thought not long ago. 

I'm already being asked what I 
hope to help us accomplish. I want 
Mary Baldwin to be, and to be well 
known as, a national model for what 
we already do well: offer a personal- 
ized, transforming education — an 
innovative one with great respect for 
our tradition — for a student body 
that is not only diverse in many ways 
but strives for true community. 

Whether you're a 13-year-old 
freshman in the Program for the 
Exceptionally Gifted or a fifty-some- 
thing in our Adult Degree Program, 
we embolden, we empow- 
er. We meet our students 
wherever they are and lead 
them to their dreams. Our 
programs, graduate as well 
as undergraduate, enjoy 
important distinctions. I 
want to make sure that we 
make the most of what we 
As Dan and I happily know, Mary 
Baldwin College really is a family, 
thanks in large part to its many alum- 
nae/i. I have met some of you. I look 
forward to meeting many more here in 
Staunton, at our regional centers, and 
through my travels. I want to talk with 
you about how we can best serve this 
terrific institution. 

I know there's curiosity about any 
new president. Here and elsewhere in 
this magazine, I've tried to answer some 
of the obvious questions. You'll also 
learn more about Dan, who has been a 
tremendous partner and source of sup- 
port in this transition for us. 


Gena Adams '89 

Alice R. Araujo 

Brenda L. Bryant 

Jeffrey L. Buller 

Sherry R. Cox '99 

Lynn Gilliland '80 

George Graves 

Carole Grove 

Diane Kent 

Gretchen Newman 

Lydia J. Petersson 

Judith L. Shuey 

Frank R. Southerington 

Nancy F. Krippel 

Sue McDowell Whitlock '67 

The Mary Baldwin College 
Magazine is published three 
times a year by the 
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Mary Baldwin College, 
Staunton, VA 24401 
© 2003 All rights reserved. 

Mary Baldwin College does not 
discriminate on the basis of sex 
(except that men are admitted only 
as ADP and graduate students), 
race, national origin, color, age, 
disability, or sexual orientation in its 
educational programs, admissions, 
co-curricular or other activities, and 
employment practices. Inquiries 
may be directed to the Vice 
President for Business and Finance, 
RO. Box 1500, Mary Baldwin 
College. Staunton, VA 24402; 
phone, 540-887-7175. 


On the cover 

Photo by Ian Bradshaw 

3 Dr. Pamela Fox, Ninth President of Mary Baldwin 

6 State of the College Address: Composing the Future 

7 Dan Layman: A First for MBC 

8 Homecoming 2003 

11 Fall Enrollment Sets Records 

12 161st Commencement 

13 Official Mace, Baton Mark Formal Events 

14 First M.Litt. Graduates Bring Savvy to Studies 

1 5 Prominent Artist, Tyson Given Honorary Degrees 

18 New Dean To Oversee Adult, Graduate Studies 

19 MAT Program Promotes Environment-Based Learning 

20 Doenges Visiting Artist Richard Fleischner 
24 Dream Journey 

26 Amazing Athlete' at Home on Drill Field 

32 Konichiwa: Greetings from Japan 

44 Vietnam and the Peace Corps: No, It Wasn't the Grand Tour 

49 Clowning Around 


16 News in Brief 

22 Faculty and Staff Highlights 

28 Mary Baldwin College Gift Shop 

33 Alumnae/i News and Class Notes 
46 Alumnae/i in Action 

Why Bach? And, more generally, how 
did music influence you? 

I liked the strength of it. It just seemed 
linear and timeless to me. I was an 
only child and spent a lot of time at the 
piano. I developed a sense of discipline 
in respectfully interpreting what some- 
one else had written, trying to 
understand it and respect it. I'm very 
disciplined and respectful of creativity, 
of art. When I was 22, 1 injured a fin- 
ger. This influenced my decision to 
pursue graduate degrees in musicology. 
I realized that I would love to teach, 
and I think through my teaching I 
became more extroverted. I really 
enjoyed working with people and 
being in a leadership role, through a 
dialogue, and out of the practice room. 
I really loved teaching. When I was first 
called into administration, I wasn't very 
happy. I wasn't playing the piano. I 
wasn't teaching as much. I was doing 
things that were more paperwork ori- 
ented. But as I occupied various 
administrative positions, I realized that 
my love of doing work alone, my love 
of working with people and teaching 
was administration. It became very 

How do you work with people? What's 
your approach, your style? 

I like to bring a lot of ideas to the 
table, and I like for other people to do 
the same thing. I introduce my ideas so 
people know where I stand. But I like 
to instantly start a dialogue and a 
counterpoint, so that we begin to work 
through something together. That's 
what we've been doing here — the 
executive staff and I. The other thing I 
believe strongly is that this type of 
leadership is not about personality. It's 
about everyone working together, real- 
izing individuals' potential and the 
potential of the whole. So what I'd like 
to do is to get to know everyone in our 
community to the extent that I can and 
find a way to understand why each 
individual can and wants to contribute. 
I believe that the more people think 
they're fulfilling their own sense of self, 
finding their own combination of abili- 

ties, as I searched through myself for, 
then the community is stronger and, 
certainly, individuals are stronger. 

What are you learning about Mary 
Baldwin? How are you learning? 

I am a historian, so I have read just 
about everything I can read, to the 
point that I laughed with someone that 
it felt as though I was back in doctoral 
school again, but I had to write the dis- 
sertation in a month. In reading a lot, 
I've been asking a lot of questions, and 
I've been listening. What has made, so 
far, the most profound impression on 
me, what has helped me come to 
understand Mary Baldwin more, has 
been personal stories. I picked up, for 
example, an issue of The Leader, the 
edition of the VWIL newsletter that we 
do about the program's graduates — 
where they are, what they're doing. 
Then I started going back through 
every MBC publication that I could 
find to read personal stories. That was 
really very moving. It's one thing to say 
we have one-on-one instruction, that 
we meet individuals where they are 
and take them where they want to be, 
or that we transform them, however 
you want to say it. But it's something 
else entirely to read the hundreds of 
stories about Mary Baldwin graduates. 
And it's not one story. It's a way of 
finding fulfillment and success and as 
many challenges as women would be 
able to find. Learning the personal sto- 
ries has helped me quickly get closer to 
the soul of the institution, I think. 

What is your sense of that soul? 

I think the soul is inspired by place. We 
can't walk around this campus in the 
grandeur of the history of our archi- 
tecture and the aesthetic and 
environmental setting here and not 
feel connected. I think the soul comes 
from the collected experiences here, 
and that's what I'm saying about these 
personal stories. You can feel it. What 
is it about those experiences? It's con- 
sistency — not cookie-cutter but 
tailored for each person. Every college 
and university says these days we 

have small classes, we have personal- 
ized attention, we have a 
learner-centered community. At 
Mary Baldwin, we really do have 
these important features. But what 
we also do here is help students fit it 
together so that what happens in 
class and what happens out of class 
and what happens in their spiritual 
growth can be combined in each stu- 
dent's own individual way. 

Given the competing claims by 
colleges, what else might distinguish 

We are academically excellent, but that 
doesn't make us unique. What I sense 
is that everybody here cares. There 
isn't just one place to go to start con- 
necting. No matter where you go here, 
people love Mary Baldwin, they know 
what Mary Baldwin is, and people can 
connect to that. There are so many 
sources of support. Also, this institu- 
tion not only has soul, it has courage. 
Not every institution has courage. We 
are not afraid to go ahead and do 
things. It's not that we do it hastily, but 
to just about any good idea that some- 
one has in this institution, we'll say, 
sure, go ahead and try it. That is the 
kind of academic entrepreneurialism 
that is just not found everywhere else. 
We have soul and courage. 

What themes will mark the start of 
your administration? 

I have experience in strategic planning. 
I am a whole-picture, future-oriented 
person. Those are, I think, important 
things that I bring. We will conduct a 
yearlong conversation that I'm call- 
ing "composing the future of Mary 
Baldwin College." It will result in a 
long-term strategic plan — about 10 
years. That plan will be built from 
the voices of the conversation that we 
are having among faculty, staff, stu- 
dents, alumnae/i, trustees, and 
parents. I am proposing several 
things. First, we will affirm certain 
things. We are women-centered edu- 
cation, but we also serve adult men 
and women and graduate students. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

We are liberal education for the 2 1 st 
century, which means, in the broadest 
sense, a liberating education and 
preparation for civic responsibility. 
We will affirm our diversity, of which 
we are very proud. I am absolutely 
committed to the diversity not only of 
the student body but also our faculty 
and staff. We're framing the conver- 
sation in several ways: dynamic 
linkages — ways we can connect, 
more, our many points of excellence; 
innovative traditions — we will keep 
the best of what we have, but we 
must look forward, we must be entre- 
preneurial; empowered and inclusive 
community — we want to benefit 
from our diversity; and funding the 
future, clearly a high priority. 

You mentioned your planning back- 
ground. What does planning mean to 

I believe that my love of planning 
comes from my love of music. You 
can't play one measure, and then the 
next measure, and then skip on to 
measure 67. You have to see a whole 
piece. That's how I learned to think 
about vision — from start to finish, 
inspired by an idea and connected. 
There's something about seeing some- 
thing whole and conveying something 
through it, something important and 
meaningful. I think planning is about 
connecting to the future, taking the 
past and the present and seeing what 
that future could be. It's not, to me, 
about writing 10 objectives and then 
15 implementation steps and publish- 
ing a 40-page plan. It's about a 
flexible series of guiding principles 
that keeps you looking into the 
future. We won't be writing a 200- 
page strategic plan for Mary Baldwin 
College for the year 2014. I'm well 
aware of the trendy planning efforts 
and that everyone everywhere in busi- 
ness and financial planning tries to 
do those things. But it's more realiz- 
ing potential and some sense of 
control over where you're going. We 
are a market-sensitive institution. We 
have to know where we're going, 
based on our roots. 

Planning, in general, appears to be 
ever more based on data, on numbers, 
on using computers to make sense of 
that wealth of information. 

We have a lot of data. We know how 
many women want to attend a single- 
sex institution. We understand our 
demographic mix. We understand 
where our prospects most likely will 
come from. We know how to use our 
money in the most effective way to 
attract students with financial aid. We 
have that data. That is a context for 
planning, but it isn't planning to me. It 
doesn't matter how many neighbor- 
hoods you go to in recruiting students; 
once you get your class in, you must 
have that soul and the programs to 
keep them there. Of course, planning is 
informed by the most current figures 
and even by a business mentality. As 
reluctant as we may be to acknowledge 
it, we are a business here, a nonprofit 
business. I never thought like that 
about Miami, a state-assisted univer- 
sity. Mary Baldwin, like other 
independent colleges and universities, is 
a higher-stakes enterprise. That's what I 
mean about institutional courage. I 
think Mary Baldwin has been so coura- 
geous and so savvy. And we have to 
continue to tell our story — our stories 
— in the media and elsewhere. 

Mary Baldwin has differentiated its 
undergraduate experience with PEG, 
VWIL, the Traditional program, and 
ADP It also has graduate programs in 
teaching and in Shakespeare studies. 
Are we defined more by our parts or 
by the whole? 

At Mary Baldwin, as has been true since 
our founding 161 years ago, everything 
is based on liberal-arts education. Our 
graduate programs are not narrowly 
defined professional programs. They are 
professional programs, but they have a 
way of teaching and they have course- 
work that ground them in the liberal 
arts. Trad, to me, is the heart of the lib- 
eral arts here, which is then adapted 
somewhat for each program. I want to 
tell our alumnae/i, "This is Mary- 
Baldwin. We're the same. We have a 

Pamela Fox 


Dean, School of Fine Arts, and assistant vice 
president of planning, Miami University, 
Oxford, Ohio, where she taught musicology, 
winning the Miami University Alumni Teaching 
Award, and chaired the Department of Music. 
Given Miami's Martin Luther King Award for 
Promotion of Diversity among students, facul- 
ty, and staff, and its North Star Vision Award for 
leadership in fostering global citizenry. 


Bachelor of music in piano performance 
summa cum laude. master of music in music 
history, and Ph.D. in musicology, all from the 
University of Cincinnati College Conservatory 
of Music. Additional study in Hamburg, 


Mam areas of interest: compositional style and 
process of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, second 
oldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach; and the 
cultural history of American music, particularly 
in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1850 to 1920. 
She has written and edited books and articles 
and presented scholarly papers at conferences 
in this country and abroad- 
Favorite Music Composition 

Johann Sebastian Bach's "Chromatic Fantasy 
and Fugue" 

Most Influential Instructor 

High school Latin teacher. "She was so profes- 
sional. She believed so much in what she was 
doing. We spoke Latin." 


Puzzle Pam: "I like to put the pieces together." 


Born on the Fort Hood Army base in Killeen, 
Texas, where her father was a sergeant. Grew 
up just outside Lima in central Ohio. Received 
her high school's Distinguished Alumnus 
Award in 2002. Swims, snorkels, hikes, works 
out, and plays the piano. Married to Dan 
Layman, former senior director of development 
at Miami University. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

consistent mission. We do the same 
thing. It's just with slightly different 
populations and with a different fla- 
vor. But the core ingredients are the 
same." I tend to see things as pic- 
tures, as symbols, as diagrams: We're 
all inside the same circle. 

You referred to Mary Baldwin's 
approach to education as "liberating 
the mind." 

By that I mean opening minds to the 
many possibilities in an increasingly 

complex and rapidly evolving 
world. I realize that the terms that 
many of us in academia take for 
granted may have become confusing 
as so much in society changes. The 
liberal arts are the disciplines, the 
academic departments, the traditional 
areas of arts and humanities and 
social and natural sciences. A liberal 
education is a way of thinking. It isn't 
courses. It certainly doesn't refer to 
political orientation. A liberal educa- 
tion has never been more practical. 
The best way, perhaps the only way, 

to prepare for change — especially 
change that is never entirely or easily 
predicted — is to learn how to learn. 
And learning is always easier if you 
already know a little about some- 
thing, about how one thing is 
connected to another. 

Parting thought? 

I want to help put wind in our 
sails, but I don't want to get water 
in the boat. And I can't control the 

'Composing the Future of Mary Baldwin College' 

Mary Baldwin President Pamela Fox 
delivered her first State of the College 
Address — an MBC tradition — to facul- 
ty and staff August 28. Calling her 
remarks "Composing the Future of 
Mary Baldwin College," she announced 
the beginning of a broad, yearlong effort 
to plan for the next decade and beyond 
as her predecessors have. Alumnae/i, 
parents, and students will be involved 
along with faculty, staff, and trustees 

"The opportunity that a presidential 
transition provides for visionary conver- 
sations has been seized by every past 
leader of our institution," said Fox. She 
noted that 140 years ago, Mary Julia 
Baldwin initiated curriculum changes 
because she believed that "women had 
intellectual abilities equal to men's and 
should be taught accordingly." Nearly 50 
years ago, Samuel R. Spencer Jr. sought 
what he termed "renewed intellectual 
vigor in the life of this college" as he 
began his presidency. 

Fox said the college should be 
mindful of national trends in higher edu- 
cation and of larger-than-expected 
projections of college enrollment in 
Virginia. But, she said, "My view of 
strategic planning is not based on 
national trends or a single specific busi- 
ness or academic model. Rather, I will 

propose a flexible process. We will seek 
a shared vision guided by historic 

Fox said the timing was appropri- 
ate for two other compelling reasons: 
the upcoming periodic accreditation 
review by the Southern Association of 
Colleges and Schools, and the need to 
build on the most recent strategic plan, 
developed in 1999 and intended as a 
five-year guide. 

"Innovation is a core competency 
of Mary Baldwin College," said Fox. But 
as the college continues to examine 
opportunities to diversify programs, "we 
must also acknowledge the vital impor- 
tance of longstanding programs and 
dedicated faculty and staff," she said. 
"We must address the ongoing vitality 
of our core mission, programs, and tra- 
ditions." Fox said the need to "foster a 
sound support structure" includes, but 
is not limited to, "general education, the 
Traditional Program for Women, the 
endowment and Annual Fund, the physi- 
cal plant, and, most important, our 
human resources." 

Fox said she wanted to "anchor our 
discussions" with themes that include: 

Innovative traditions: "As we honor 
our tradition and prize our institutional 
innovation, we have the opportunity to 

creatively revitalize our undergraduate 
programs. We can envision further 
expansions of our Adult Degree 
Program and new graduate programs." 

Inclusive, supportive community: 
"We are blessed with a diverse stu- 
dent population. We will continue to 
diversify our faculty and staff. As we do 
so, we must engage as a community in 
the exploration of learning from one 
another. ... We must understand how 
our differing strengths unite us as a 

Dynamic linkages and connections: 
"We need to seek partnerships with 
other private and public institutions. We 
can strengthen our relationship with the 
Staunton community and enhance our 
community service learning. ... We will 
engage as active participants in the 
national arena of higher education." 

Overall, said Fox, she wants Mary 
Baldwin College "to be recognized in 
the Commonwealth of Virginia and the 
nation as a model institution providing 
personalized, transforming liberal educa- 
tion for the future." She promised "a 
decisive and exciting year." 

For the complete text of 
President Fox's address, go to the 
Mary Baldwin Web site — 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

At Miami University, Fond Farewell to Fox 

Pamela Fox received many tributes as she left Miami 
University after two decades as professor, department 
chair, dean, and planner. Among them were a specially 
commissioned gold pendant and remarks, later pub- 
lished in Miami's School of Fine Arts magazine, by 
Robert Benson, chair of the Department of 
Architecture and Interior Design, at the school's spring 
faculty meeting and reception. 

Benson, speaking for the School of Fine Arts leader- 
ship, praised Fox as a scholar and a mentor. He cited her 
vision, her "nobility and stature," and her "great person- 
al charisma, courage, and unassailable character." 
During Fox's five years as dean, he noted, the school's 
endowment had more than tripled, and she had forged or 

strengthened connections within the school and between 
the school and the rest of the university and the public. 

"More important than any of these accomplish- 
ments, and the key to her great achievement, is her 
wealth of personal qualities," said Benson. "In all things, 
Pamela has demonstrated to us an uncommon quality of 
humanity," he said. "She has shown concern for the wel- 
fare of all individuals." 

Concluded Benson: "We are individually and collec- 
tively the better for having had you lead us as dean, and 
we will be the better in the future for everything that we 
have learned from you and with you and for the identity 
and place that you have helped us construct. Pamela, we 
will miss you terribly." 

Dan Layman: a First for MBC 

Dan Layman is reluctant to blow his 
own horn — unless it's a trumpet. 

He has the distinctions of being the 
first husband of a Mary Baldwin 
president and an accomplished fund 
raiser. And, like his wife, President 
Pamela Fox, he's both a musician and 
a music scholar. 

William Daniel Layman grew up in 
Geneva, Ohio, on the shores of Lake 
Erie. He earned a bachelor of music 
degree in trumpet performance at 
Youngstown State University in north- 
eastern Ohio and a master of music in 
music education at Miami University. 

While looking for a job teaching 
music in school, he began what he 
thought would be a short stint in devel- 
opment at Miami. It turned out to be 
the start of a "new and fulfilling 
career," says Layman. Initially, he chose 
development "to repay a debt in some 

In graduate school, Layman 
received a scholarship established by an 
alumnus in memory of his wife. "This 
was the first time I was fully aware of 
the impact of philanthropy," says 
Layman. "By joining the development 
team at my alma mater, for what I 
thought would be one year, I thought 
that I could repay my debt by helping 

to raise funds for additional scholar- 
ships. Fourteen years later, I am 
reminded every day through the 
amazing generosity displayed by 
some of the most unlikely people that 
I am very fortunate to have chosen 
such a rewarding career." 

Layman never got to meet the 
alumnus who created the scholarship. 
"I was saddened to receive news of his 
death soon into my new career," he 
says. "However, I later had the pleasure 
of developing a relationship with his 
daughter and son-in-law, also Miami 
graduates, for whom I provided assis- 
tance in administering a scholarship in 
his memory." 

Layman left Miami as senior direc- 
tor of development, overseeing a staff 
of nine major-gift fund raisers. He 
served on the board of the Greater 
Cincinnati Planned Giving Council and 
on the Development Committee for the 
Oxford Community Foundation. He 
also was an officer of the Oxford 
Rotary Club. 

As for the trumpet, Layman says he 
plays occasionally, primarily as a mem- 
ber of the Miami Alumni Band, a group 
he coordinated for the past nine years. 
Though he says he no longer intends to 
teach music, he hopes to return to his 

graduate research into the development 
of orchestras in America from amateur, 
private societies to professional organi- 
zations. He would like to publish an 
article or two. 

For now. Layman is taking a well- 
earned break as he settles into the new 
life that he and Fox have chosen. He's 
eagerly "exploring Virginia, hiking its 
national forests, and fly fishing." 

Says Layman: "I'm looking for- 
ward to doing everything I can in my 
role as Pam's husband to assist the 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 


Hundreds of alumnae/i returned to Mary 

Baldwin this past spring for a weekend of events, activities, and 
informal opportunities to get together. 

Among the impressively large group marking its 40th reunion was 
Margaret Woodson Nea '63, who displayed and discussed her pho- 
tographs in Hunt gallery. The exhibit featured photos that have been 
shown at the United Nations and other prominent places depicting 
working women in developing countries around the world. 

Distributed for the first time were the new Grafton Society medal- 
lions given to returning members of classes that graduated 50 or more 
years ago. The first recipient, appropriately, was Martha S. Grafton, 
dean emerita of the college and professor emerita of sociology. 

Alumnae/i Awards 

Emily Wirsing Kelly Leadership Award 

Ouida Caldwell Davis '51 of White Sulphur Springs, West 
Virginia, for her lifelong dedication to Mary Baldwin, includ- 
ing 18 years as a trustee. 

Admissions Volunteer Excellence Award 

Jane Rapier Spence '98 of New Orleans, Louisiana, for her 
enthusiastic recruitment of students. 

Emily Smith Medallion 

Sarah Frances McMullan '55 of Nacogdoches, Texas, for 
contributing time and talent to the arts, to church, and to 

Career Achievement Award 

The Rev. Dr. E. Lee Hancock 73 of Upper Nyack, New York, 
for achievements in the ministry and in higher education. 
An ordained Presbyterian minister, she is dean of Auburn 
Theological Seminary in New York and director of its Center 
for Multifaith Education, She holds a master of divinity from 
Union Theological Seminary and earned her doctorate in 
religion and society from Drew University. 

Service to Community Award 

Shearer Troxell Luck '63 of Ashland, Virginia, for her out- 
standing and varied contributions to her community. 

Service to Church Award 

Erline Griffin Eason '52 of Midlothian, Virginia, for her multi- 
faceted service to her church. 

Nominate a deserving alumna/us for one of the 
Alumnae/i Association awards. To check award 
criteria or submit a name for consideration, call the 
Office of Alumnae/i Activities at 1-800-763-7359 or go to 
the Web site: 

Mary Baldwin College 

Homecoming, a Time to Remember 

I write this just after returning from Homecoming and 
its annual alumnae/i memorial service, held in Miller 
Chapel above where The Club used to be. The Rev. Dr. 
Lee Hancock '73 led the service, and the Rev. Elena 
Delgado '73 was liturgist. After the joyful noise of our 
opening hymn, "All Creatures of Our God and King," 
Lee, a former member of the MBC Choir, said, "wher- 
ever two or three are gathered together in song on this 
campus, there is Gordon Page." 

All of us were moved — and we remembered 
those in the reunion classes who have died. The 
Class of 1973 has lost Fanita Russell and Ella Jean 
Lewis, both of whom were celebrated by Lee in her 
remarks. "Could there ever be anyone who was 
more sure of who she was . . . than Ella Jean?" All 
of us who knew her agreed. There were a surprising 
number of the Class of 1973 at that worship service 
— imagine that, at a chapel service where atten- 
dance was not mandatory. 

Joe Garrison was there. His presence touched Lee 
and all of us, as she reminded us that it was in his 
English 101 class that many of us first realized that the 
written word can be sacred. 

Both Helen and Lee, in their prayers, liturgy, scrip- 
ture and remarks, reminded us not only of the 
extraordinary growth Mary Baldwin gave us but also 
of the importance of "re-membering" our time and 
place, of coming together for the renewal of our friend- 
ships, of our joy in learning, of our fellowship in the 
Holy Spirit. 

Lee's text was from John's gospel. She brought us 
to a fresh understanding, one that reminded us that 
there are always more than two choices, one that 
reminded us that the questions of the disciple Thomas 
are so often our own. Two poems by Billy Collins 
delighted us, challenged us to imagine, and helped us 
to honor those who have gone before, not just class- 
mates but family and friends as well. 

The accompanist knew the second tune of "For All 
the Saints," the closing hymn. We wanted to sing the 
first tune. He tried to accompany us through the first 
verse, but then Elena gently told him we could sing it a 
cappella. We were wonderful. It was an amazing ser- 
vice. Thank you, Lee and Elena, Ella Jean and Fanita, 
Gordon Page, Joe Garrison, and MBC. 

— Shelley Wilgus Murray '73 

We appreciate your continued support. 
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Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

Average SAT scores of first-year students 
climbed for the third straight year. 

Fall Enrollment Sets Records 

Mary Baldwin began its 
162nd year this fall with 
its highest overall enroll- 
ment ever — about 2,240, including 
some 900 in on-campus undergrad- 
uate programs in Staunton — and 
one of its strongest freshman classes. 

The Virginia Women's Institute 
for Leadership counted more than 
50 newcomers among its more than 
140 cadets — both records. 

Demand for MBC's two grad- 
uate programs was especially 

Enrollment has more than 
doubled in the master's program in 
Shakespeare studies, begun just two 
years ago and offered in partnership 
with Shenandoah Shakespeare. The 
40 students include 23 newcomers 
and the first four to pursue a master 
of fine arts. In May, those four were 
the first to earn a master of letters in 
the program. Frank R. Souther- 
ington, director of the program and 
professor of English, said admis- 
sions have quickly become very 
selective, with applicants from 
around the country. The unique 

program combines scholarship and 

The Master of Arts in Teaching 
Program, which last year marked its 
first decade, has more than 120 
students, a record. Carole C. Grove, 
its director, credits, among other 
things, strong recommendations 
from students, graduates, and 
school systems hiring those gradu- 
ates. "The best marketing is word of 
mouth," she said, noting that princi- 
pals in area schools call the program 
for names of graduating students. 
The MAT, attracting both recent 
college graduates seeking initial 
licensure and seasoned instructors, 
is offered in Staunton, Roanoke, 
Charlottesville, and Richmond. 

Mary Baldwin welcomed some 
320 new students — freshmen and 
transfers — in on-campus under- 
graduate programs. The college 
received a record of nearly 1,400 
applications for the freshman class. 
Students are drawn from more than 
half the states, spread all over the 
country. The freshmen are a diverse 
group in many other ways. About 

40 percent are women of color: 
African American, Asian American, 
Hispanic, and Native American. 

Average SAT scores of first- 
year students climbed for the third 
straight year, reaching 1080 this 
fall as the college moves rapidly 
toward an immediate goal of 1 100. 
Based on SAT scores, grades, and 
other requirements, a record 
number of freshmen qualified for 
the top honor of being named 
Bailey Scholars. 

The Program for the Excep- 
tionally Gifted has 22 new students 
for a total of 76. Each bypasses all 
or most of high school to become a 
full-time residential student at 
Mary Baldwin. 

The Adult Degree Program, 
one of the oldest in Virginia and 
offered in Staunton, Roanoke, 
Charlottesville, Richmond, Weyers 
Cave, and Sterling in northern 
Virginia's Loudoun County, has 
about 1,180 students. They are 
enrolled as undergraduate students, 
in post-graduate teacher licensure, 
or in certificate programs. 

Mary Baldwin Again Ranks in U.S. News & World Report Top Tier 

In its latest annual rankings, U.S. News & World Report again lists Mary Baldwin 
College in the top tier of master's-level universities — those offering a range of under- 
graduate and master's-degree programs — in the South. 

The most heavily weighted of the national magazine's many criteria is what it calls 
"peer assessment" — the opinions of presidents, chief academic officers, and deans 
of admission at other colleges and universities. Other criteria include student-faculty 
ratio, percentage of classes that are relatively small, and the proportion of first-year 
students who were in the top quarter of their high-school graduating classes. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

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161 st Commencement: 
Degrees, Honors, Inspiration 

As an admiring admiral looked on and 
retiring President Cynthia H. Tyson hand- 
ed out her last diplomas, Mary Baldwin 
College granted 287 degrees in Commencement 
ceremonies Sunday, May 18. 

They included the first four to graduates in 
the master's program in Shakespeare studies and 
23 masters of arts in teaching in a program mark- 
ing its initial decade. A total of 260 bachelor's 
degrees were awarded, more than a third of them 
through the Adult Degree Program, which serves 
students in five locations around Virginia besides 
the main campus in Staunton. 

The last student receiving a diploma was 
senior Brenna Zortman, whose father, Rear 
Admiral James M. Zortman, was the main speak 
er. Tall, lanky, bedecked in medals on his dress 
white uniform, he smiled broadly and warmly 
embraced his daughter as she came forward to 
accept her degree. The cold rain that had forced 
the festivities under a big tent just outside the 
Physical Activities Center (where 
many of the families and friends 
viewed the proceedings on a big 
screen) seemed to matter less. 
Commander of the Naval 
Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, 
based in Norfolk, Virginia, 
Zortman urged the graduates to 
make the most of the friendships 
they started in college — "a net- 
work of emotional and 
professional support that still 
exists today for me," he said, 30 years after com- 
pleting undergraduate studies at the U.S. Naval 

Noting the college's emphasis on ethics, char- 
acter development, and leadership, Zortman said: 
"I ask each of you to contemplate the questions 

'How will I serve?,' 'What will I contribute?,' 
'How will I live?' " 

"Today's graduates will be faced with chal- 
lenges and opportunities that none of us have 
thought of," Zortman added. That certainly has 
been true for him. He was supervising the Naval 
Command Center at the Pentagon September 
11, 2001, when one of the hijacked airliners 
smashed into the building, killing and injuring 
many of his colleagues. Not long after, he com- 
manded aircraft carriers in the Middle East from 
which jets attacked the Taliban and Al Qaeda in 
Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring 


Among the graduating seniors were 20 
who are part of the Virginia Women's Institute 
for Leadership, the world's only all-woman 
corps of cadets. Many have commissioned as 
officers in the armed forces. 

Belle Wheelan, Virginia sec- 
retary of education, spoke at 
the VWIL year-end Change of 
Command Ceremony Saturday, 
May 17. She urged the cadets to 
seize every opportunity and to 
become active in their commu- 
nities, particularly schools. "Let 
students know," she said, "that 
education is the difference 
between success and failure for 
First Captain Amanda Bennett of 
Harrisville, New York, commander of the 
corps, turned over the official sword to her 
successor, Jennifer A. Kukla of Richmond, 
Virginia. Ms. Bennett is an officer in the Air 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 


Major Awards 

Among the top awards presented at 
Commencement were the following: 

Carnell Cherry of Bridgeport, 
Connecticut: Martha Stackhouse Grafton 
Academic Award, given to the graduate 
with the highest cumulative grade point 
average. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the 
prestigious academic honor society, as a 
junior, she earned distinction in her major, 
political science, for her research on 
African-American women's rights advo- 
cates over much of the past century. Just 
18, and the first African American to 
receive the top academic award, she was 
part of Mary Baldwin's Program for the 
Exceptionally Gifted, which enables espe- 
cially bright young women to enter 
college several years early. 

Lin Lin Aung of Rangoon, Burma: 
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Student Award 
— recognizing unselfish service, noble 
character, and spiritual qualities — and the 
accompanying Mary Keith Fitzroy Award. 
Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, she was presi- 
dent of Cosmos International, a student 
organization, and wrote articles and spoke 
in support of democracy in her country. 

Charles S. Luck III of Crazier, 
Virginia: Algernon Sydney Sullivan Non- 
Student Award. Trustee emeritus and 
holder of a Mary Baldwin honorary 
degree, the successful businessman, 
with his wife True, served on the Parents 
Council and has contributed generously to 
the college in a variety of other ways. 
Their daughter, Cynthia Luck Haw, Class 
of 1979, is an MBC trustee. 

Karen Rice of Charlottesville, Virginia: 
Adult Degree Program Outstanding 
Student. A native of England, she main- 
tained an A average, graduating summa 
cum laude and earning distinction for her 
senior paper in business administration. 
Mother of two sons, she is active in their 
school's Parent-Teacher Organization. 

Donald Burton of Waynesboro, 
Virginia: Master of Arts in Teaching 
Student of the Year. A first-grade teacher 
at Verona Elementary School and father of 
a young daughter, he says he wants to be 
a model for his students — "It is our job 
as teachers to be the best we can be 
each day." 

Official Mace, Baton 
Mark Formal Events 

Mary Baldwin's new mace and baton, which 
debuted at Commencement, are made of native 
wood by local hands and bear the symbols of the 
college — a squirrel, an acorn, and oak leaves — 
and its motto. The Alumnae/i Association gave the 
mace and baton to the college in honor of Cynthia 
H. Tyson, who retired in June after a record 18 
years as president. 

The designs were taken from the Baldwin crest 
— thought to be derived from Baldwin family 
ancestors in Ireland and England — and the large 
stained-glass window hanging in Grafton Library 
and dedicated a century ago to one of the college's 
founders, Mary Julia Baldwin. Both the mace and 
baton were carved by Robbie Lawson, who per- 
forms similar work for Taylor & Boody Organ 
Builders of Staunton. 

Topping the mace is a squirrel, Mary Baldwin's 
mascot, evoking industriousness, curiosity, dignity, 
grace, and liveliness. Capping the baton is an acorn, 
representing strength. On the mace, 
oak leaves, painted green, stand for 
life. Parts of the mace and baton are 
trimmed in gold leaf, suggesting wis- 
dom and honor. The wood itself, 
walnut, conveys longevity and hidden 
wisdom. The mace bears the college 
motto: Non pro tempore sed aeternitate — Not for 
time but eternity. 

The mace will be carried by the college marshal, 
Kenneth W. Keller, professor of history. Lundy H. 
Pentz, associate marshal and associate professor of 
biology, will carry the baton. When not in use, the 
mace and baton are displayed, with a new photo- 
graphic portrait of Tyson given by the Parents 
Council, in a glass case just inside the main entrance 
to Grafton Library. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

First M.Litt. Graduates 
Bring Savvy to Studies 

The first graduates of the mas- 
ter's program in Shakespeare 
and Renaissance literature in 
performance are hardly fledglings 
themselves. All four undertook 
undergraduate education decades ago 
but were beckoned back to academe 
at midlife by the uniqueness of the 
two-year-old master of letters-master 
of fine arts curriculum. 

And all four enjoyed their 
M.Litt. studies so much that they are 
continuing on in the program to earn 
an MFA. 

Brian O'Connor, a potter for 25 
years who maintains a studio in near- 
by Waynesboro, has a bachelor of 
fine arts from the University of North 
Carolina at Greensboro, where he 
concentrated in sculpture and design. 

"I've had a long involvement 
with area community theatre and 
tend to be on stage or backstage in a 
production every year or so," he says. 
Interested in the Renaissance and 
eager to get more serious about 
working in the theatre, O'Connor 
viewed the M.Litt. "as a path to a 
new career." But he wasn't sure how 
he might specialize. "What really sold 
me on the program," says O'Connor, 
"was its total approach" combining 
research, study, and performance. 

O'Connor looks forward to get- 
ting more exposure to a favorite part 
of the program: classes taught by vis- 
iting scholars, many of whom have 
written definitive textbooks and con- 
duct ongoing research about 
Shakespeare and the theatre and 
world of his time. 

Nancy Beall graduated from 
Radcliffe more than 30 years ago. 
She majored in history but says "my 

heart was in English." She helped 
raise children while her husband, an 
orthopedic surgeon, went through 
medical school and residency. When 
they moved to Harrisonburg, 
Virginia, seven years ago, she quickly 
became a fan of Shenandoah 
Shakespeare, partner with Mary 
Baldwin in the master's program and 
builder, in Staunton, of Blackfriars 
Playhouse, the only authentic re-cre- 
ation of the Bard's indoor theatre. 

BealPs enthusiasm was fed by a 
course she took at James Madison 
University taught by Ralph Alan 
Cohen, cofounder of Shenandoah 
Shakespeare and a prominent 
Shakespeare scholar who this fall 
joined the Mary Baldwin faculty. 
Cohen was impressed enough with 
Beall to ask her at the time to join 
the Shenandoah Shakespeare board 
of directors. 

"The combination of theatre and 
the scholarly stuff appeals to me 
immensely," she says. "I love words, 
and I also love the stage." 

Beall hopes eventually to teach, 
whether young people or not-so- 
young people in Elderhostel or 
similar programs. She's also interest- 
ed in directing and acting in 
community theatre or in helping to 
start a theatre company. "I have 
always believed in the healing power 
— personal and on the community 
level — of good jolly theatre." 

Cathy Brookshire, a graduate of 
the University of Georgia, brought 
two decades of acting and directing 
experience to her ongoing stint as a 
student. "Over the years," she says, 
"I have felt more and more that I was 
working in isolation and without the 

advanced training I needed to live 
theatre in the way I envisioned. I 
needed a rigorous program that 
would combine the theoretical and 
academic aspects of theatre with the 

Brookshire, who has interned 
with Shenandoah Shakespeare, hopes 
to do the same at the reconstructed 
Globe theatre in London next sum- 
mer and eventually teach and direct 
at a university. 

Laura Dansby has an undergrad- 
uate degree from Rollins College in 
Winter Park, Florida, in theatre, 
which has been part of her life since 
college. Like Beall, she was influ- 
enced by a course with Cohen at 
JMU years ago and was pleased to 
become reacquainted. Dansby 
remembered him as "energetic, 
enthusiastic, and incredibly knowl- 
edgeable — and I was delighted to 
find he had not changed a bit." 

People interested in the program, 
she says, "should be ready to think 
their own thoughts and be willing to 
draw their own conclusions" about 
literature that has been performed 
and studied for hundreds of years. 

And perhaps they should be 
ready to defend themselves, at least 
on stage. Over this past summer, 
Brookshire and Dansby were certi- 
fied in unarmed stage combat after 
taking an M.Litt./MFA stage com- 
bat course taught by fight master 
Drew Fracher. The previous sum- 
mer, they were certified in 
broadsword. Joining them in gain- 
ing certification were Theresa 
Southerington, MBC professor of 
theatre, and others associated with 
Mary Baldwin. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 



At Commencement, Mary 
Baldwin College awarded hon- 
orary doctorates to painter 
Judith Godwin '52 and retiring 
President Cynthia H. Tyson. 

For nearly half a century, 
Godwin's bold, vivid paintings 
have been praised by critics and 
prized by collectors. They are in 
major museums around the 
world, including the 
Metropolitan Museum of Art in 
New York, the Art Institute of 
Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum 
in Washington, the San Francisco 
Museum of Modern Art, and the 
National Museum of Art in 
Osaka, Japan. 

Thanks to Godwin's gen- 
erosity, the college has two of 
her works: "Red Flury," which 
hangs in the first-floor foyer of 
Hunt Dining Hall, and 
"Oriental Circus," a large, 
three-panel piece displayed in 
Deming Hall, the college's cen- 
ter for music and art. 

Paul Ryan, associate profes- 
sor of art at Mary Baldwin, a 
critic, and a painter himself, says 
Godwin's "work and style as a 
painter are grounded in Abstract 
Expressionism — the last great 
movement in Western painting." 
He observes that as her painting 
has evolved, "she has always 
asserted the relevance of sincerity 
and meaning in an era of increas- 
ing cynicism and doubt." 

Godwin — of Suffolk, 
Virginia, still her home — 

Prominent Artist, Tyson 
Given Honorary Degrees 

entered Mary Baldwin College 
with the Class of 1952. She stud- 
ied with the noted artists and 
instructors Elizabeth Nottingham 
Day and Horace Day before pur- 
suing her growing interest in 
painting at what 
is now Virginia 
University. She 
made her way to 
New York, 
which had 
become an inter- 
national center 
for artists, partic- 
ularly those who, 
like Hans 

Hofmann and Franz Kline, 
stressed originality and became 
known as Abstract 
Expressionists or, more specifi- 
cally, the New York School. 
Godwin joined them, adding her 
emerging influence. 

Godwin's importance as an 
artist has been acknowledged 
not only in collections but also 
in exhibitions and in books 
and articles. A former Mary 
Baldwin trustee, she has shown 
her paintings at the college and 
consulted with it on its perma- 
nent collection. 

Tyson's degree — like 
Godwin's, a doctor of humane 
letters — was meant to be a sur- 
prise and apparently was, 
judging from her reaction. In 
bestowing it upon her on behalf 
of the trustees and faculty, Jeffrey 

L. Buller, vice president for acad- 
emic affairs and dean of the 
college, noted Tyson's impact on 
higher education well beyond the 

"She's recognized by college 
presidents and 
^^ elected officials at 

the local, state, 
and federal levels, 
and business and 
community leaders 
across the country 
as someone who 
gets things done, 
who stands up for 
what she believes 
in, who's always gracious, who's 
increased opportunities in higher 
education, and who's made the 
world a better place." 

Added Buller, drawing 
knowing nods from faculty, stu- 
dents, and staff: "She has a 
marvelous sense of humor, tire- 
less energy, high standards, 
exemplary character, grace under 
pressure, and, quite often, a 
twinkle in her eye." 

Mary Baldwin's Board of 
Trustees has named Tyson presi- 
dent emerita, and Shenandoah 
Shakespeare has named its edu- 
cation center at Blackfriars 
Playhouse for her. A plaque there 
notes that Tyson's efforts, partic- 
ularly in developing master's 
programs in Shakespeare studies, 
"have left us a gift exquisite in 
form and rich in content." 

N/Jgry Baldwin College 


news in brief 

Students in the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted Make News 

Both new and recent students in Mary 
Baldwin's unique Program for the 
Exceptionally Girted have been news 
around the country, judging from press 
clippings this past summer. Feature stories 
about the extraordinarily young and 
promising college students — who opted to 
bypass all or most of high school — have 
appeared in newspaper after newspaper. 

Among the new students this fall is 
14-year-old Sarah Morayati of 
Burlington, North Carolina, who was 
profiled in an article in her local news- 
paper, the Times-News. 

The article says Morayati's parents, 
Sam and Pam Morayati, started consider- 
ing PEG six years ago after viewing a 
network television report on the program. 
Morayati began recognizing numbers at lit- 
tle over a year old and was reading — and 
wriring, with the help of stenciled letters — 
at age 2. She has been taking college cours- 
es for several years and was eager to 
actually go to college. 

Morayati says she thinks she would 
like to be a journalist. She has written for 
the student section of the Times-News and 
was named its writer of the year. She made 
it to the finals of the national spelling bee 
last year. She's interested in volleyball and 
the theatre, too. 

"This is going to be such a positive 
experience for her," Morayati's mother, 
Pam Morayati, told the Ti7nes-News. And 
Pam Morayati won't have to accompany 
her daughter to class, as she was requested 
to do when Sarah attended a community 
college last year. 

Another new PEG student is Anjori 
Bhatia, 14, who completed her freshman 
year at Bellport High School in the 
South Country School District of Long 
Island, New York. Articles about her ran 
in Newsday, the Long Island paper, and 
India Abroad. A participant in a pro- 
gram for the gifted and talented at Johns 
Hopkins University and an unusually 
high scorer on the SAT, she came to the 
United States four years ago after living 
in India and Indonesia. 

Catherine Armbruster, a 14-year-old 
who finished the eighth grade, is the sec- 
ond Palm City, Florida, middle-school 
student to attend Mary Baldwin through 

PEG in recent years. Tricia Pino '02, who 
captained the tennis team and graduated 
Phi Beta Kappa, is the other. 

Armbruster is interested in medicine. 
"I want to help people," she told the Palm 
Beach Post. "If I can get a four-year head 
start on my career, that's great." 

Sarah Rush, another 14-year-old 
incoming PEG student, told her local 
paper, the Marietta Times in Marietta, 
Ohio, that despite her academic prowess 
she is a typical teenager who likes to hang 
out with friends. "I'm not some freak," she 
was quoted as saying. "I'm just like anyone 
else." As further indication of that, she said 
she had started doing her own laundry in 
preparation for the big transition. 

Rush's father, Bill Rush, told the paper 
he was caught off guard at first by his 
daughter's desire to start college early. But 
he supported her and was pleased when 
she was awarded a scholarship. "It's kind 
of hard to tell a child 'no' when she has 
this opportunity," he said. 

New PEG student Amanda Harmon 
was featured in The Sun News of Mvrtle 

Beach, South Carolina: "She plays flute in 
the school band and third base for her soft- 
ball team, sings in the church choir, 
competes in soccer tournaments, and can't 
keep her younger brother away from her 
PlayStation. But, unlike other 14-year-old 
freshmen, she outscored most seniors on 
the SAT last year." And there was too little 
to challenge Harmon in school. 

Like other PEG parents, Harmon's 
didn't find it easy to send her to college so 
young. But, said her father, Scott Harmon, 
"I don't want to be the guy waking up sev- 
eral years from now wondering if I made a 
mistake, when the opportunities will have 
passed us by. It comes down to how could 
you not." 

Christian Peele '05 played Dorothy in 
a well-reviewed and popular production of 
The Wiz, the musical based on The Wizard 
of Oz, at the Verona Stage north of 
Staunton in late May and early June. The 
Staunton News Leader called the 15-year- 
old biochemistry major from Goldsboro, 
North Carolina, "the perfect Dorothy." 
The paper said she "exhibits singing and 

Dogwoods Honor 
Carolyn Meeks 

Then-President Cynthia H.Tyson 
and Donnie Meeks dedicated 
two pink dogwoods to the 
memory of his wife, Carolyn P 
Meeks, who died last year. She 
had been a prominent part of 
the Mary Baldwin staff for more 
than 41 years. The trees were 
planted in front of the new 
Center for the Program for the 
Exceptionally Gifted. A plaque, 
noting that Carolyn Meeks was 
an honorary alumna, was 
unveiled at the June 5 ceremony 
attended by other family mem- 
bers and staff as well as faculty. 
She was Tyson's administrative 
assistant for 17 years. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

acting abilities that far exceed her years, 
and more than holds her own with a num- 
ber of powerful co-stars." 

Carnell Cherry '03, the first African 
American to finish at the top of her class at 
MBC, was profiled in a lengthy article in 
the Connecticut Post, a newspaper circulat- 
ed in Bridgeport, her home, and elsewhere 
in the southern part of the state. In the 
piece, PEG Director Judith Shuey says 
Cherry not only is very bright but is "such 
a hard worker and very focused." Cherry 
told the paper she intends to go to law 
school after working for a year. 

The North Platte, Nebraska, 
Telegraph caught up with local success 
story Sage Merritt '03, who majored in 
English and art. Merritt, 19, told the paper 
that she and her parents were especially 
"pleased with the idea of an all-women's 
college where there would be a strong 
emphasis on developing strength of char- 
acter and leadership qualities in women." 

Erin Mincemoyer, who began college 
at Mary Baldwin through PEG and com- 
pleted her undergraduate work at Cornell 
University, was highlighted in The Hill, a 
newspaper for and about Congress. 
Mincemoyer, 24, is one of the youngest 
legislative directors for a member of 
Congress — Representative Paul Gillmor 
of Ohio. The article noted that she is little 
older than the college interns in her office. 

SIFE Chapter Wins 
Regional Championship 

Mary Baldwin College's chapter of Students 
in Free Enterprise this past spring won the 
regional multi-state championship and took 
part in national competition. 

Each year, chapters put together a 
report of their projects. Judges then rank 
chapters for creativity, success, and how 
well they met criteria set forth by the 
national SIFE. 

Students participating included Carnell 
Cherry '03 of Bridgeport, Connecticut; 
Rosemarry Mel '04 of Richmond, Virginia; 
Angie Tran '03 of Richmond, Virginia; 
Tamara Little '04 of Virginia Beach, 
Virginia; Malinda Demps '05 of Richmond, 
Virginia; Jessica Cash '04 of Newark, New 
Jersey; Chaundra Durant '04 of Hanover, 
Maryland: and Kirstan Archer '05 of 

Virginia Beach, Virginia. The advisor is Ed 
Petkus Jr., associate professor of business 

SIFE is at 700 colleges and universi- 
ties around the world. The organization, 
open to students of any major, offers an 
opportunity to develop leadership, team- 
work, and communication through 
learning, practicing, and teaching the 
principles of free enterprise. SIFE also 
provides business and economics training 
to youths, students, and adults. 

U.S. Senator Visits Baldwin 

One of Virginia's U.S. senators, George 
Allen, brought his "Listening Tour" to 
Staunton August 21 with a town hall-style 
meeting at Mary Baldwin's Francis 

"I get energized being with Virginians 
and hearing their hopes and aspirations for 
the future," said Allen before the event, 
which drew area residents. "I enjoy the 
opportunity to see first-hand what is work- 
ing in our communities and to learn what 
people want to see changed." 

More Freshmen Qualify 
For Honor Society 

Mary Baldwin's chapter of Alpha 
Lambda Delta, the honor society for 
first-year college students, has been rec- 
ognized by the national organization for 
its 44-percent increase in membership 
this past academic year. 

"The chapter on your campus had 
an exceptional year," said Glenda 
Earwood, executive director of Alpha 
Lambda Delta. Rewarding first-year stu- 
dents who do well encourages students 
to stay in college and perform at a high 
level, she noted. 

Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian 
studies, advises the local chapter. 

Former MBC Official 
Dies of Cancer at 64 

John Rice, vice president for institutional 
advancement at Mary Baldwin from 
1986 to 1990, died August 3. He was 64 
and had long struggled with cancer. A 
resident of Staunton, he was remembered 
at the college as caring and gracious. 

In an impressive career chiefly in high- 
er education, Rice also was president of St. 
Mary's College in Raleigh, North Carolina, 
a dean at James Madison University and 
Sweet Briar College, and executive director 
of the foundation of the Curry School of 
Education at the University of Virginia. 
Most recently, he was vice president of min- 
istry relations for Wingfield Ministries Inc. 
Rice was active in a variety of organizations 
and in his church, Trinity Episcopal in 

Professor Alexander Wins 
Historical Society Award 

The Virginia Historical Society has 
awarded the Richard Slatten Prize for 
Excellence in Virginia Biography to Ann 
Field Alexander '67, professor of history 
at Mary Baldwin College and director of 
its regional center in Roanoke. 

Alexander won for Race Man: The 
Rise and Fall of the 'Fighting Editor, ' 
John Mitchell Jr., 
published by the 
University of 
Virginia Press. 

Alexander is 
the society's first 
two-time winner. 
In 1992, she 
received the 
William M. E. 
Rachal Award for 
the best article to 
appear in the 
Virginia Magazine 
of History and 

Race Man is 
about an African 
American who 
edited and pub- 
lished the 
Richmond Planet 
newspaper in 
Richmond, the 
state capital, for 
nearly half a cen- 
tury. He also crusaded against lynching, 
protested segregation, campaigned for 
new schools, held public office, and 
founded a bank. Mitchell, born to slave 
parents in 1863, died in 1929. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

New Dean To Oversee Adult, Graduate Studies 

Nancy F. Krippel has been named dean of adult and graduate 
studies at Mary Baldwin College. The new position is a suc- 
cessor to that held by Kathleen Stinehart, dean of academic 
outreach, who retired after nine years. 

Krippel, who took office in late July, was associate 
provost and director of graduate studies at Longwood 
University in Farmville, Virginia, and served as executive 
director of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in 
nearby South Boston. 

Krippel, who also is associate professor of English at 
MBC, earned a bachelor's degree in English and secondary 
education at Barat College of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, 
Illinois, (now a part of Chicago-based DePaul University) and 
a master's degree and doctorate in English from Loyola 
University of Chicago. Barat College, when Krippel attended 
it, was a small private women's college. She returned and 
became its dean for academic affairs. 

"We're just delighted that Nancy Krippel is going to be 
joining the administration of Mary Baldwin College next 
year," said Jeffrey L. Buller, vice president for academic affairs 

and dean of the college. "Her creden- 
tials immediately stood out from all the 
others that we received. And once we 
met her, everyone who spoke to her 
agreed that she was the perfect person 

for the position. Her experience with adult students combined 
with her intimate knowledge of graduate programs made her 
a remarkable fit for us. Plus, she is dynamic, has a wonderful 
sense of humor, relates extraordinarily well to all kinds of 
people, and has excellent ideas for the future." 

Krippel said she is "proud to be a part of the mature and 
successful ADP." She said she thinks the adult and graduate 
programs at MBC will work well together, sharing a focus on 
older students committed to continuing their education. 

Krippel and husband Frank have three grown children 
and a granddaughter. Enthusiastic about living in Virginia, she 
reads a lot — and widely — and enjoys traveling with her 

"Mary Baldwin possesses a mission that I can embrace 
and offers opportunities that I value," said Krippel. 

Ham and Jam? 
No, Da and Da 

The Mary Baldwin Art 
Department has started what 
it hopes will be a new tradi- 
tion among its graduating 
seniors: distinctively painted 
copies of Ham and Jam 
perched in front of Deming 
Hall, where the department 
and its studios are located. 

The new dogs are Da and 
Da, named for the Dadaist 
movement in 20th century art. 
Different versions of Da and Da 
will appear each year at the end 
of the spring semester and be 
on view through May Term. 

Mark L. Atchison, Mary 
Baldwin's vice president for institu- 
tional advancement since 1991, has 
become vice president for college 
advancement at Randolph-Macon 
College in Ashland, Virginia. 

Replacing him temporarily is 
Crista R. Cabe, associate vice presi- 
dent for college relations. "I am 
delighted that 
Crista has agreed 
to serve as acting 
vice president 
while the nation- 
al search 
proceeds," said 
President Pamela Fox. "Crista will 
offer strong leadership to ensure that 
our excellent activities throughout 
institutional advancement continue 
to flourish." 

Cabe joined MBC as executive 
director of alumnae/i activities in 
1988. She has led college relations 
since 1992, and was named associate 
vice president in 1997. Cabe earned a 
B.A. from the College of William and 
Mary and an A.M. from the 
University of Chicago. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

MAT Program Promotes Environment-Based Learning 

With a federal grant of more than 
$55,000, Mary Baldwin's Master of 
Arts in Teaching Program is working 
with a large corporation and a 
small-town school system to 
improve overall learning through 
study of the environment. 

The arrangement is one of three 
partnerships funded by grants 
totaling more than $100,000 and 
coordinated through the MAT's 
environment-based learning project 
and its director, Tamra L. Willis. 
Through activities and study, 
students in all of the ventures learn 
skills and acquire knowledge impor- 
tant to their general education. 

This fall, the MAT Program is 
teaming up with Covington, Virginia, 
schools and the southwestern 
Virginia city's largest employer, paper 
manufacturer MeadWestvaco Corp., 
to give 15 teachers the opportunity 
to take an MAT course — Inquiry in 
the Natural Sciences — in Covington 
and put their new knowledge to 

work in the classroom. 

Students in the primary grades 
will participate in the planning and 
development of gardens and habitat 
plantings. Sixth-graders will partici- 
pate in field trips conducted by the 
Chesapeake Bay Foundation to the 
Jackson and Cowpasture rivers. 
Students in the seventh grade will 
take part in a project to convert an 
eroded bank at the school into a 
tiered garden and later help primary- 
grade students plant the garden. 

Also as part of the course, Mead- 
Westvaco biologists will assist 
Covington teachers and high school 
students in examining the Jackson 
River, which is among the tributaries 
feeding the James River and, ulti- 
mately, the Chesapeake Bay. These 
students will participate in a three- 
day trip to the bay to view firsthand 
the impact of area land-use practices. 
Providing funding is the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminis- 
tration's Bav Watershed Education 

and Training (B-WET) Program. 
NOAA is a federal agency that 
includes the National Weather 

"There is no better way for 
students to learn than through real 
experiences," said Willis. "Our plan is 
for the students to gain content know! 
edge and skills in all subjects through 
these hands-on investigations." 

One of the other two projects 
involves oyster gardening — raising 
oysters for release — with schools in 
the Tidewater area of Virginia, 
funded through the Virginia Oyster 
Reef Heritage Foundation and the 
Virginia Environmental Endowment. 
In the second project, a schoolyard 
garden will be established at North 
River Elementary School in Augusta 
County, not far from MBC, 
supported by the Tides Foundation's 
Agua Fund. 

Addressing the Virginia Stan- 
dards of Learning will be a focus of 
all three projects. 


Mary Baldwin College has begun a 

Living Remembrance program to provide a way 

for friends and families to honor loved ones and help 

beautify our campus. With a gift of $500 or more, the 

college will plant a tree or shrub and install a granite 

marker next to it. An inscription might read 

"In Loving Memory of , Class of " or 

"In Honor of , Professor Emerita." 

Your gift helps implement the master landscape 

plan for the college. A portion of your gift will be 

added to the Mary Baldwin endowment to ensure 

the ongoing beauty of the campus. 

Contact Carey McCallum, 


540-887-7386 or 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

Doenges Visiting Artist 

Richard Fleischner: 

Pay Plenty of Attention to Where You Are 

Marsh & McLennan 
Companies Inc. lost more 
than 350 employees in the 
collapse of the World Trade Center 
September 11, 2001. The firm, which 
offers insurance and consulting ser- 
vices worldwide, turned to Richard 
Fleischner, this past academic year's 
Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges 
Visiting Artist at Mary Baldwin, to 
create an outdoor memorial in mid- 
town Manhattan. 

In designing the memorial, which 
features large, thick slabs of glass 
embedded with the victims' names 
and signatures, Fleischner took the 
advice he gave students at the college 
in his May Term course, The 
Geography of Place: Develop a 
heightened sense of where you are, 
what you see, how you experience it. 

Born in New York in 1944 and 
holding undergraduate and graduate 
degrees from the Rhode Island 
School of Design, Fleischner is 
known and respected internationally 
for large, usually outdoor, installa- 
tions developed for specific sites. He 
works with both natural and made 
materials. His projects include mazes 
of chain link fence, tall grass, hay 
bales, sod and stone. 

Fleischner — who lives in 
Providence, Rhode Island, and also 
draws, sculpts, paints, and takes 
photographs — was nominated for 
the Doenges by Paul Ryan, Mary 
Baldwin associate professor of art 
and a painter and critic. Ryan praises 
Fleischner's "honesty and integrity — 

there's a reason for every decision he 
makes." His award-winning work 
has been the subject of nearly two 
dozen solo exhibitions and some 75 
group shows. 

Rumpled and intense, Fleischner 
makes clear that every detail in his 
work does count. He often quotes 
writer and critic Guy Davenport: 
"Art is the replacing of indifference 
with attention." In Fleischner's pres- 
ence, people would seem to pay 
plenty of attention. He's indifferent 
about little if anything. 

In the Marsh & McLennan 
memorial dedicated this past sum- 
mer, the signatures float in the 
upright glass and, with the printed 
names they overlay, suggest "how 
everybody is alike and everybody is 
different," says Fleischner. He has 
meant to create "a place that provides 
an experience," however varied, 
depending on each person's perspective 
and awareness in walking through it. 
"It's not telling anyone what to do." 

But what Fleischner calls "critical 
distance" — crucial dimensions — 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

informs his work and his 
approach to it. As he did in his 
Doenges lecture last fall at 
Mary Baldwin, he frequently 
cites a baseball diamond to 
illustrate what he means: If the 
distances between the bases or 
from the pitcher's mound to 
home plate were longer or 
shorter than they are, the game 
would be much different. 
Strikes, hits, and base stealing 
would be too easy or too diffi- 
cult. Baseball wouldn't be 

In that lecture to a large, 
lively audience in Francis Auditorium 
in Pearce Science Center, Fleischner 
said he is "very aware of boundaries," 
of a sense of "inside and outside." He 
said he is "intrigued by juxtaposition of 
shapes." His work, such as a granite 
bench on a granite slab in a woods, 
reflects those considerations. 

Ryan notes that Fleischner 
"worked with students from different 

academic majors as well as with art 
students at all levels. He emphasized 
perception, process, abstract think- 
ing, and conceptual development." 

Observes student Vicky Farr '04: 
"In the course, students from a vari- 
ety of areas of academic study 
addressed fundamental questions 
about the nature of space, the con- 
struction and depiction of place, how 

we experience our physical sur- 
roundings, and the most 
deceivingly complex of all 
questions: What makes a place 
a place?" 

"By the end of the course," 
says Farr, "I not only understood 
how much I'd already known, 
but that the ways I looked at, 
evaluated, and organized infor- 
mation about a place had 
become very different. The great 
value of The Geography of Place 
was in finding that the challenge 
in any course of study — art or 
otherwise — is to evaluate infor- 
mation that exists all around us in an 
intensely critical way so that we identify 
the most basic, central information." 
Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges 
'63, a civic leader who died in 1994, 
wanted Mary Baldwin students, and 
faculty, to have the opportunity to 
learn from prominent professionals 
such as Fleischner who are enthusias- 
tically pursuing distinguished work. 

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New York-based abstract 
painter Thomas Nozkowski, 
whose vivid prints and paintings 
feature distinctive shapes and 
patterns and unusual color com- 
binations, is the next Elizabeth 
Kirkpatrick Doenges Artist. His 
campus appearances include a 
public lecture November 11 and 
a May Term course. 

Nozkowski's work is in 
major museums and prominent 
collections, including New 
York's Metropolitan Museum of 
Art, Museum of Modern Art, 
and The Whitney Museum, and 
Washington's Corcoran Gallery, 
Hirshhorn Museum, and 
Phillips Collection. 

Top: untitled (8-19), 2001 
oil on linen on panel 
Bottom: untitled (8-30), 2002 
oil on linen on panel 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

As a reviewer for the National 
Communication Association's 
Undergraduate College and 
University Section, Alice Araujo, 
assistant professor of communica- 
tion, evaluated paper and panel 
proposals submitted for the NCA 
conference in Miami this 

N. Michael Bissell, commandant 
of VWIL cadets, conducted a lead- 
ership seminar on "Making 
Difficult Changes in Large 
Organizations" for the Virginia 
Executive Institute in Hampton, 
Virginia, July 10. 

Jeffrey L. Buller, vice president 
for academic affairs and dean of 
the college, was elected president 
of the Classical Association of the 
Middle West and South. His term 
runs 2004-05, culminating with 
the society's April 2005 meeting in 
Madison, Wisconsin. 

Ralph Alan Cohen, professor, 
M.Litt./MFA and English, was 
awarded an honorary doctorate by 
St. Lawrence University in Canton, 
New York, May 18. 

Mary Hill Cole, professor of his- 
tory, delivered the keynote 
address "Elizabeth I and Her 
Family" to the joint meeting of 
the South-Central Renaissance 
Conference and Queen Elizabeth 
I Society. Held in New Orleans 
March 6-8, the conference was 
sponsored byTulane University 
and the University of New 

Daniel Dowdy, associate profes- 
sor of business administration 
(ADP), received a $2,000 grant 
from the Virginia Foundation of 
Independent Colleges' Mednick 
Memorial Fellowship for 
research during his sabbatical. 
From February through July, 
Dowdy will study businesses in 
Germany and the United States 
and write case studies compar- 
ing business practices and 
examining the cultural implica- 
tions of international business. 

Louise Freeman, assistant pro- 
fessor of psychology, has 
received a three-year $100,000 
Academic Research 
Enhancement Award from 
National Institutes of Health to 
study hormonal influences on 
behavior in the Asian musk 

Stevens Garlick, professor of 
German (ADP), delivered a paper 
on classical German dramatist 
Friedrich Schiller's tragedy Don 
Carlos for a session titled 
"Idealism vs. Realism" at the 
annual conference of the 
Association for Core Texts and 
Courses in Atlanta April 3-6. At 
that conference, he also moderat- 
ed a panel on the Faust theme, 
"Desire, Longing, and a Calling." 

W. Michael Gentry, associate 
professor of mathematics, was a 
judge May 28 at the Virginia Junior 
Academy of Science, where 17 
high school students presented 
results of their research in mathe- 
matics and statistics. He gave a 
poster presentation, "The 
Amazing Structure of the 
Reuleaux Triangle," May 29 at the 
81 st annual meeting of the Virginia 
Academy of Science at the 
University of Virginia. June 9-13, 
Gentry attended "Teachers 
Teaching with Technology: 
Teaching Developmental 
Mathematics Using a Function 
Approach," a workshop by the 
American Mathematical 
Association of Two-Year Colleges 
at the Army Field Research Center 
near Duck, North Carolina. He pre- 
sented "Discovering the Periodic 
Pendulum on theTI-86 Plus." 

Lynn Gilliland, executive director 
of alumnae/i activities, has begun 
a one-year term as president of 
the Staunton-Augusta Rotary 

Susan Blair Green, associate 
professor of English (ADP), was 
featured speaker for the meeting 
of the Fort Harrison chapter of 
the Sons of the American 
Revolution May 10 in 

Harrisonburg. Her topic: "The 
Expedition of Lewis and Clark." 
May 17, Green delivered " 'The 
Writingest Explorers': Lewis and 
Clark" at the initiation of mem- 
bers into MBC's Phi Beta Kappa 
chapter, Lambda of Virginia. 

Robert Grotjohn, associate pro- 
fessor of English, presented a 
paper, " 'The pulse that pene- 
trates like an echo': Kimiko 
Hahn's Bodily Home" at the 17th 
Annual Conference of The 
Society for the Study of the 
Multi-Ethnic Literature of the 
United States at Florida Atlantic 
University in Boca Raton, Florida, 
April 11-13. 

Fay Kelle, assistant professor of 
education (MAT), participated in 
the third annual Freeman R. Butts 
Institute on Civic Learning in 
Teacher Education at Indiana 
University-Purdue University 
Indianapolis May 16-20. The con- 
ference brought together 
professors from the United 
States, Egypt, Croatia, Czech 
Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, 
and three former Soviet republics. 
The theme was "Teaching 
Democracy and Civic Engagement 
as the 21st Century Civic Mission 
of Schools." 

"TheTurnpikes of Southwest 
Virginia" by Kenneth Keller, pro- 
fessor of history, appears in the 
most recent issue (2001 ) of the 
Journal oi the Historical Museum 
and Historical Society of Western 
Virginia. He serves on a panel 
advising the Ulster-American Folk 
Park in County Tyrone, Northern 
Ireland, on constructing a gallery 
about the settlement of Scots-Irish 
in North America. 

John Kibler, professor of psy- 
chology, and seniors Christina 
Mullen and Kathryn Vanzant pre- 
sented their poster "Physical 
Attractiveness and Memory for 
Attributes of the Opposite 
Gender" at the 1 5th annual 
meeting of the American 
Psychological Society in Atlanta 
May 30. 

By invitation, Judy Klein, pro- 
fessor of economics, presented 
a paper, "The Political Arithmetic 
at the Bank of England from 
1797 to 1844," at a workshop on 
"The Statistics of the Banks of 
Issue in Europe" at the Banque 
de France in Paris June 5. She 
presented "Le Jeu des 
Reservoirs and Optimal 
Inventory Policy in Post World 
War II France and the United 
States" at the History of 
Economics Society meeting at 
Duke University July 5. 

The Arden Duo — soprano 
Sandra McClain, adjunct asso- 
ciate professor of music, and 
saxophonist Carolyn Bryan of 
Georgia Southern University — 
performed the world premiere 
of "Living in the Body" July 11 
at the World Saxophone 
Congress at the University of 
Minnesota in Minneapolis. 
"Living in the Body" is a cycle 
of six songs for soprano voice 
and saxophone composed for 
the Arden Duo by American 
composer Lori Laitman.The 
songs are based on the poetry 
of Minnesota's awarding-win- 
ning Joyce Sutphen, who was 
at the premiere. 

Catherine Ferris McPherson, 

associate professor of business 
administration (ADP), has been 
elected president of the 
Richmond Chapter of The 
American Marketing Association 
for 2003-04. 

"The Soka Gakkai in Australia" by 
Daniel Metraux, professor of 
Asian studies, will be included in 
the 2003 issue of the Southeast 
Review of Asian Studies due out 
by January. 

Steven Mosher, professor of 
health care administration and 
political science, presented 
"Long Term Care for the Rest of 
Us: Ethics and Financial 
Decision Making" at the 
International Association of 
Homes and Services for the 
Aging Fifth International 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

Conference in Sydney, Australia, 
June 24. He has been appointed 
to the Undergraduate Review 
Committee of the Association of 
University Programs of Health 
Administration. Mosher recently 
established a management con- 
sultancy in organizational 
behavior with the 
Commonwealth Center for 
Children and Adolescents, the 
regional children's 
psychiatric/mental health facility 
owned and operated by the 
Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Pamela Murray, professor of edu- 
cation (ADP), presented "An 
Electronic and Collegial Network: 
The Association of Continuing 
Higher Education" and participated 
in a panel of national officers at the 
annual conference of ACHE Region 
V at Appalachian State University in 
Boone, North Carolina, April 6-8. 

Richard Plant, professor of 
English, was a reader for the 
Advanced Placement exam in 
English Language and 
Composition June 10-16 in 
Daytona Beach, Florida. His short 
story, "Talking on the Moon," 
appeared in the summer issue of 
Weber Studies: Voices & 
Viewpoints of the Contemporary 

Nancy Ross, adjunct instructor of 
art, showed ceramics from her 
'Nancy O' series in the Virginia 
Artisans Exhibition at the Artisans 
Center of Virginia in Waynesboro 
July 24-September 4. 

Paul Ryan, associate professor 
of art, taught a drawing work- 
shop, "A Day's Palette," at the 
Glen Arbor Art Center in 
Michigan July 9-11. 

Frank Southerington, professor 
of English and director of 
M.Litt./MFA, directed Dylan 
Thomas's Under Milk Wood for 
Oak Grove Theater's 50th season. 
His cast included Buller, First 
Voice, Terry Southerington, pro- 
fessor of theatre, Second Voice; 
Garlick, Captain Cat, and Roderic 
Owen, professor of philosophy, in 
multiple rales Paul 
Southerington, network adminis- 
trator, and Sam Koogler, MBC 
theatre's technical director, assist- 
ed with the production. Also as 
part of Oak Grove's season, Frank 
Southerington played The Chorus 
in Anouilh's Antigone, and Terry 
Southerington was Elvira in Blithe 
Spirit. She costumed South Pacific 
and The Magic Flute for the 
Ashlawn Summer Opera Festival 
and Tartuffeior Blackfnars 

Elaine Traynelis-Yurek, MAT and 

ADP education adjunct, presented 
"Using LEA and Basic Sentence 
Structure to Improve Written 
Expression for Middle/Secondary 
Special Education Students" at the 
48th Annual Convention of the 
International Reading Association 
in Orlando, Florida, in May. 

"Faut-il bruler ... or isn't there a 
way to read Claudel now?" by 
Martha Walker, associate profes- 
sor of French/women's studies, 
appeared in Volume One (2003) of 
Paul Claudel Papers. 

Faculty Retirements 

Bonnie M. Hohn, associate profes- 
sor of biology, retired in June with 
emerita status. She earned a B.A 
from Ohio Wesleyan University and 
an M.S. from the University of 
Minnesota. Hohn studied at a num- 
ber of other institutions, including 
Duke and Central Michigan universi- 
ties and the University of Virginia. 
She joined the MBC faculty in 1966. 
In 2001 , Hohn established the Hohn 
Family Memorial Endowment for 
Study Abroad to honor her parents 
and sister. The endowment funds the 
Hohn Award, presented annually to 
help pay for a student's study abroad. 

Judy DeL'eau McMahon associate 
professor of psychology (ADP), also 
retired as emerita in the spring. 
McMahon earned a B.S. from the 
University of Washington, M.A. from 
the University of Kentucky, and Ph.D. 
from Southern Illinois University at 
Carbondale. She came to Mary 
Baldwin's Richmond regional center 
in 1985. 


Alumnae/i, Friends, 
and Relatives 

Join Mary Baldwin College 

faculty and students 

for a tour of 

Moscow (five days) and 

St. Petersburg (nine days). 

May 17-30, 2004 

The cost of $1 ,880 includes airfare from New York 
City, all hotel accommodations in double rooms 
with private baths, trains between the two cities, 
and insurance and organizational fees. 

■\ m mrefundable deposit of S550 is due by 
November 30. For itinerary and other information, 
contact Vladimir Carkov, Marv Baldwin associate 
professor of chemistry, at 540-887-7 1 02 or at . 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

For a week in late August, 

Jeffrey L. Buller, vice president for academic affairs 
at Mary Baldwin and dean of the college, delivered 
seven pre-performance English-language lectures at 
the annual international Richard Wagner festival in 
Bayreuth, Germany. The festival, established by 
Wagner himself in 1876, is widely regarded as the 
world's most prestigious one devoted to the works 
of a single composer. The pre-performance lec- 
tures, sponsored by the Wagner Society of New 
York, are the only English-language lectures pro- 
vided. In this brief travelogue, Buller, author of 
Classically Romantic: Classical Form and Meaning 
in Wagner's Ring, writes about the experience. 

Dream Journey 

'Wagner imagined people 

of all nations and classes 

attending his festival.' 

Everyone there said it was like attending opera 
camp for adults. 

Each morning precisely at 10:30, we'd gath- 
er in the Steinberger Restaurant next to the 
festival theatre, and I'd lecture on that day's pro- 
duction. First, the four operas of Wagner's Ring 
cycle ■ — Das Rheingold, Die Walkiire, Siegfried, 
and G otter dammerung — and then this year's 
three other Wagner productions: Lohengrin, The 
Flying Dutchman, and Tannhduser. My theme 
for these lectures was "Eternal Dreamer: Dreams 
as a Key to Wagner's Imagery. " 

In each lecture, I used either a dream 
sequence or a significant reference to dreams as a 
starting point from which I'd explore larger 
issues in the work. We traced Wagner's knowl- 
edge of ancient epic, medieval saga, tragedies 
both classical and modern, religious beliefs, and 
idealist philosophers, seeking to connect images 
in the music to stage imagery, the phrasing of 
Wagner's text, and the sound of his language. 
After a question-and-discussion session, we con- 
cluded each day's lecture by noon. Then there 
was just time enough to eat lunch, change into 
formal clothes, and return in the late afternoon 
for that day's performance. 

The shorter operas — Das Rheingold and 
The Flying Dutchman — began at 6 p.m. The 
other operas started at 4. Each act of the opera 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

was an exquisite hour to an hour and a 
half, the time passing quickly. The 
intervals between the acts lasted near- 
ly an hour, giving us plenty of time 
for a drink or appetizer, to discuss 
the production with others in atten- 
dance, and to argue about its fidelity 
to Wagner's intentions. 

When the final curtain fell by 
11 p.m. and the applause died down 
(curtain calls often ran for longer than 
15 minutes), we'd go up a few blocks 
to the Burgerreuther Restaurant with a 
few intrepid souls who wanted to dis- 
cuss the works in even greater depth. 
Then we'd catch five or six hours of 
sleep, and the whole process would 
begin again. 

Wagner envisioned the festival to 
be a modern equivalent of an ancient 
Greek one about plays — tragedies. 
The small Bavarian town of Bayreuth 
was chosen for the festival's location 
because, at the time, it was remote. 
Wagner knew that people would 
have to make a special effort to 
attend. They wouldn't merely catch a 
few operas as they might in Berlin or 
Vienna and then leave. 

Wagner also imagined people of 
all nations and classes attending his 
festival, forgetting their differences 
and immersing themselves for a week 
or more in a unifying, shared experi- 
ence. With this vision, at least, the 
composer turned out to be a vision- 
ary. Those with whom we sat most 
often included physicians, an an pair 
from Vienna, several lawyers, a sports 
statistician, a Presbyterian minister at 
six English churches, the vice presi- 
dent of information technology for 
the American Cancer Society, a 
retired judge from Australia, a 
Frenchman living on a large, inherited 
estate, and a high school teacher from 
the West Coast. Overall, 2,000 people 
from several dozen nations came 
together, having little or nothing in 
common but their love of Wagner's 
music and his dramas. 

The performances themselves were 
staggering. The acoustics of the festival 
theatre must be heard to be believed. 
According to Wagner's design, the 
orchestra is completely concealed 

from the audience and performs in a 
stepped pit that extends beneath the 
stage. The sound of the orchestra is 
then channeled by a curved baffle 
that carries it back onto the stage 
where it melds perfectly with the 
singers' voices before finally reaching 
the audience. The result is a sound 
both brilliant and clear. 

Instruments do not muddy one 
another, but may be heard distinctly. 
During great choral passages or 
moments of high grandeur, you can 
feel the sound in your chest and 
through the wooden floor. In quieter 
passages, even the most delicate sub- 
tleties are unmistakable. There is no 
acoustically bad seat. 

Naturally, the festival attracts 
some of the finest conductors in the 
world: Adam Fischer for the Ring, Sir 
Andrew Davis for Lohengrin, Marc 
Albrecht for The Flying Dutchman, 
and Christian Thielemann for 
Tannhauser. Among the principal 
vocalists, the clear standouts were 
Peter Seiffert and Petra-Maria 
Schnitzer, a couple off-stage, who 
appeared in Lohengrin in the title 
role and as Elsa. Other highlights of 
this year's festival included Robert 
Dean Smith as Siegfried, the gymnas- 
tic Graham Clark as Mime, and 
Roman Trekel as Wolfram von 
Eschenbach in Tannhauser. 

Frequently, the singers of each 
night's performance would join the 
crowd at the Burgerreuther 
Restaurant for a late dinner where it 
would be possible to greet them, 
request an autograph, or snap a dis- 
creet photograph. 

Wolfgang Wagner, the compos- 
er's grandson and for many years 
head of the festival, has said that he 
views the event not as a museum for 
traditional performances but as a 
workshop for new and challenging 
interpretations. As such, most of the 
productions at this year's festival 
were idiosyncratic, modern in style, 
and intellectually stimulating. 

The Flying Dutchman, this year's 
new production, was probably the 
most radical in its approach. Without 
the usual depiction of boats or seas, the 

entire story was interpreted as the fan- 
tasy of Senta and set within her dull, 
bourgeois living room. In a life without 
romance, the only excitement had been 
the "phantom ship" stories she heard 
at her father's knees. In this produc- 
tion, the Dutchman was merely 
Senta's fantasy — made to look pre- 
cisely like her father, Daland — and 
her dream of redemption turned out 
to be a romantic illusion. 

The Ring was similarly updated, 
with Wotan as the head of an 
expanding corporation, Alberich as 
his rival in business, and a set in 
which shredders and fax machines 
replaced the traditional forest scenes 
and caves. The setting of Tannhauser 
reminded some of Teletubbies, others 
of Alice in Wonderland. In this 
world, flowers grew from the sky as 
well as from the ground, and mem- 
bers of the court looked as though 
they may have just come from posing 
for a deck of cards. 

Only Lohengrin, the production 
that will be retired after this year, 
was traditional in both staging and 
costume. The serried ranks of the 
Saxons, orderly and in brilliant 
armor, descended on a platform from 
above to stand in stark contrast to 
the grim, dispirited Brabantians, hud- 
dled in chaotic clusters below. 

The Wagner Society of New York 
also provided its members with 
access to areas normally off limits 
throughout the festival. My wife, 
Sandra McClain, who teaches voice 
at Mary Baldwin, and I were able to 
tour the theatre's unique orchestra 
pit, sit in the conductor's chair, exam- 
ine the scenes backstage, explore 
Wagner's personal library at his 
home, Wahnfried, and attend a din- 
ner where we met Wolfgang Wagner. 

One of my high points of the 
entire festival came when a member 
of the Wagner Society board sudden- 
ly asked me one morning, "Would it 
make you happy to return next year 
and be our speaker again?" Happy? 
I thought, "Quick, what's German 
for 'ecstatic'"? I mean, how often 
does one get to have a once-in-a-life- 
time experience twice} 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 



At Home 

On Drill Field 

By Sherry R. Cox '99 

'Coming to 

MBC was the 

best choice I 

have ever 

made. It has 

given me so 

many different 


through VWIL 

and volleyball, 

and I don't 

think I could 

have had those 

experiences at 

any other 


Basketball, golf, tennis. 
Senior Sarah Hatfield has 
played them all. But her real 
passion the past 10 years — 
and one of the main reasons 
she chose MBC — has been 

"I think the sport would 
have lost something for me if 
I had gone to an NCAA 
Division I or even Division II 
school and tried to play for a 
scholarship," said Hatfield. "I 
just love the level that we play 
at in our conference" — 
Atlantic Women's Colleges 
Conference, Division III. "It is 
competitive enough to give a 
challenge, but we can still just 
have fun." 

Growing up in The 
Woodlands, Texas, Hatfield 
played volleyball for Oak 
Ridge High School in nearby 
Conroe. Every year she earned 
a spot on the all-district team. 
As a senior, she helped the 
Oak Ridge team place second 
in state championships. Non- 
scholastic club play kept her 
on the court year-round. 

As a Fighting Squirrel, 
Hatfield has been chosen for 
three all-conference teams and 
twice has been named AWCC 
Most Outstanding Player. In 
her sophomore year, Hatfield 
was recognized as MBC's 
Most Valuable Player for vol- 
leyball. Tiffany Barnes, head 
volleyball coach, describes her 
as an "amazing athlete." 

Even so, the opportunity 
to play volleyball was not the 
only reason Hatfield "fell in 
love with Mary Baldwin." 
The Virginia Women's 
Institute for Leadership was 
another big draw. Hatfield 
participated in Air Force 
Junior Reserve Officer 
Training Corps in high school 

and won an Army ROTC 
scholarship. "Volleyball, 
VWIL, the location," she said, 
"it just fit me." 

In her senior year, Hatfield 
is responsible for organizing 
training for VWIL, including 
drill practices and parades. She 
establishes the agenda for 
training sessions and prepares 
the field with flags, equip- 
ment, and ground markers. 
This fall, Hatfield narrates 
VWIL parades, explaining 
cadets' moves and formations 
to spectators. "Sarah is a 
bright, dynamic young 
woman," said Brenda Bryant, 
VWIL director. "She has a 
great deal of potential." 

A biochemistry major and 
chemistry lab teaching assis- 
tant, Hatfield hopes eventually 
to study forensic science in 
graduate school. "One day I'd 
like to be doing lab work for 
crime scenes." 

Reflecting on her college 
years, Hatfield spoke of integri- 
ty, unity, and teamwork — 
leadership lessons from the 
classroom, the drill field, and 
the volleyball court. "Coming 
to MBC was the best choice I 
have ever made," she said. "It 
has given me so many different 
experiences through VWIL and 
volleyball, and I don't think I 
could have had those experi- 
ences at any other school." 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

Sister Squirrels 

Sisters will share the basketball court this tall when 
freshman Alexis Conyers and sophomore transfer 
Melissa Conyers join the Squirrels. 

The siblings played Amateur Athletic Union basket- 
ball together but not scholastic ball. Melissa had been a 
three-time letter winner for Augusta County's Stuarts 
Draft High School but chose not to play at Bridgewater 
College last year. Alexis comes to MBC after an exciting 
career at Wilson Memorial High School in nearby 
Fishersville, one that culminated in state championship 

Basketball coach Jackie Bryan said she worked hard 
to recruit the Conyers sisters for Mary Baldwin. "I am 
very excited that they are coming." 

Alexis told Staunton's News Leader, "I really want- 
ed to go to college where I could play basketball. I knew 
Jackie Bryan was building up her program at MBC, and 
1 had been to some of her basketball camps." 

Bryan influenced Melissa's decision as well. "1 
talked to Jackie, and she convinced me I was better than 
I thought," she told the newspaper. 

Spring Sports Highlights 

In its third season as a National Collegiate Athletic 
Association contender, the Squirrels Softball team fin- 
ished first in regular season play with a record of 
10-3-1 in the Atlantic Women's College Conference. 
The overall record was 16-20-1. MBC earned runner- 
up honors in the AWCC tournament, losing in the 
championship game to Hood College. 

Freshmen Denise Michael, Nikki Raynes, and 
Kristine Rivas were chosen for all-conference first team, 
and classmate Tiffany Morris and sophomore Kelly 
Lally were honorable mention. 

Tennis player Lea Marie 
Spencer of Petersburg, Virginia, was 
named Mary Baldwin's 2002-03 
Athlete of the Year. This award rec- 
ognizes the senior who has excelled 
in athletics, shown outstanding 
leadership qualities, and achieved 
academic success in her four years 

It \IBC Lea Mane Spencer 

Spencer, a sociology major, 
played the No. 1 singles and doubles spots throughout 
her college career. She was ranked as high as 15th in 
the Intercollegiate Tennis Association South Region 
and helped to lead her team to an ITA South ranking 
of seventh. 

New Coaches Lead 
Fighting Squirrels 

Fresh from her second-grade classroom after more than 
30 years of teaching, Beverley Carter Coffman is MBC's 
new head tennis coach. 

Coffman has shared her passion for tennis with 
many. Her coaching experience includes 15 years at 
Augusta County's Fort Defiance High School. Coffman's 
Fort Defiance teams won two state team championships 
and four individual doubles titles, compiling a 153-43 

For years, Coffman has led area tennis organizations, 
run youth tennis clinics, and directed charity tourna- 
ments. She has volunteered her talent to Camp Dragonfly, 
an Augusta Medical Center camp for grieving children. 
She is also assistant tennis pro at AMC's Lifetime Health 
and Fitness Center near Staunton. 

Coffman earned a B.A. in psychology and elementary 
education from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North 

The Fighting Squirrels' soccer team has a new head 
coach. Andrew Green coaches boys' varsity soccer and 
teaches math at Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton. 
Before moving to Virginia, he was a trainer and assistant 
coach for high-school regional soccer champions in South 
Carolina, where he coached teenage girls who won sever- 
al State Challenge Cups in highly competitive club soccer 

Green says coaches should strive to develop players' 
skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork — "without sacrific- 
ing fun." 

He earned a B.S. in ceramics engineering from 
Georgia Institute of Technology. 

After two years as assistant volleyball coach at MBC, 
Tiffany Barnes has been named head coach. Barnes teach- 
es in Staunton and has been a homebound teacher for 
Augusta County. Her career has included working as 
recreation therapist at the Woodrow Wilson 
Rehabilitation Center and serving as an instructor and 
head volleyball coach at Chowan University in 
Murfreesboro, North Carolina. 

Barnes earned a B.A. in recreation and leisure studies 
at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, 

To learn about all of MBC's coaches and teams, click 
on "Athletics" at 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 




The Alumnae/i Association funds pro- 
jects and events for the college through 
the proceeds from MBC Gift Shop sales. 
Recent projects have included the 
Library Leisure Reading Program, the 
Spring Fling for the senior class, and 
continued renovation of Spencer 
lounge. Every purchase from the Gift 
Shop allows the association to con- 
tribute to the success of Mary Baldwin. 


check (payable to Mary Baldwin College) 

money order, MasterCard or Visa 


$5 on orders under $100 
$10 on orders above $100 
For chairs, $50 each 
For rockers, $100 each 

VA residents pay 4.5 % sales tax 

Allow 2-4 weeks for shipping on charms; 
6-8 weeks shipping on miniatures, chairs 
and rockers. All prices are subject to change. 


This popular 100% cotton preshrunkT-shirt is 

perfect for all ages. 

Baby's T-Shirt 

18-24 pounds X^2TI $12 

Child's T-Shirt 

Small (6-8) X-42TCS $12 

Medium (10-12) X-42TCM $12 

Large (14-16) X-42TCL $12 

Adult's T-Shirt 

Small X-42TAS $16 

Medium X-42TAM $16 

Large X-42TAL $16 

Extra Large X-42TAXL $16 


This 100% cotton, 7 oz. white pique polo is an 
instant classic, featuring the new college logo 
with alumna in black and gold embroidery. 

Small PS-1 $25 

Medium PS-2 $25 

Large PS-3 $25 

Extra Large PS-4 $25 

Extra Extra Large PS-50 $25 


Warm and cozy for cool days and evenings. 
Light grey fleece with side pockets and zip-up 
collar. MBC logo embroidered in green. 100% 

Small PF-1 $45 

Medium PF-2 $45 

Large PF-3 $45 

Extra Large PF-4 $45 


This white one size fits all T-shirt is perfect for 

sleep or sun. 

One size X-47 $18 


Keep yourself warm when the cold weather 
arrives in this hunter green sweatshirt with the 
college seal. 

Medium X-46M $20 

Large X-46L $20 

Extra Large X-46XL $20 


Not too long, not too short, our navy gym shorts 
fit just right for any activity. 100% pre-shrunk cot- 
ton with inside drawstring and two side pockets. 
MBC logo silk-screened in white. "Cotton 
Deluxe" fabric made in the U.S.A. 

Small GS-1 $20 

Medium GS-2 $20 

Large GS-3 $20 

Extra Large GS-4 $20 

Extra Extra Large GS-5 $20 


Run, walk, and play in style. Each ankle band fea- 
tures the MBC logo in green embroidery. Ultra 
plush "Cushees" are 85% Hi-Bulk cotton, 15% 
nylon, and fit shoe sizes 6 to 10. Made in the U.S.A. 
Socks SX-1 $10 


Brushed cotton baseball hat in white or khaki 
with green embroidery. 

White X-50W $12 

Khaki X-50G $12 


Full-length apron (20" x 30") with adjustable 
straps and two front pockets. 65/35 
polyester/cotton in forest green with MBC logo 
embroidered in white. 
Apron AP-1 $18 

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Add one of these gold 

or silver che 

rms to a 

necklace or bracelet to 


your MBC 

days. Great gift idea, too Allow 2-4 weeks 

for delivery. 

10 Karat Gold 


. . T-AC10 



. T-A10 . 





MBC Seal 



14 Karat Gold 



. $195 



. . $125 


.T-S14 . . 

. . $125 

MBC Seal 


Sterling Silver 

Acorn T-ACS 

Apple ... T-AS 

Squirrel T-SS 

MBC Seal T-MS 



Handcrafted in Virginia, this beautiful pewter 
lewelry box is perfect for your class ring, 
charms, and other keepsakes Lined with blue 
velvet and engraved with MBC seal 3.5 inches 
in diameter. 
Pewter Jewelry Box G-3 $25 


Frame your memories in this pewter frame 
decorated with a raised brass squirrel. 
Horizontal or vertical available. 

4x6 Vertical Frame X-52SV $25 

4x6 Horizontal Frame X-52SH . $25 

5x7 Vertical Frame X-52LV $35 

5x7 Horizontal Frame X-52LH . $35 


Small but sturdy brass keychain with green 
MBC seal 

Keychain X-51 $10 


Put MBC on your tree with these hand-crafted 
3-D miniature ornaments showing the Alumnae 
House and the Administration Building. 
Available in sparkling 24k gold finish. Purchase 
separately or as a pair. Gift boxed. 

Administration . X-38 . . . $10 

Alumnae House . . X-38B $10 

Collect Both X-38A $18 


This handsome wall mirror features the 
Administration Building, artfully hand-painted 
on reverse glass using a centuries-old tech- 
nique known as eglomise painting. The wood 
frame has an antiqued silver finish that is 
appropriate for home or office. 
Painted Mirror EDPM $195 


The glass paperweight features a pen and ink 
scene of the Administration Building and is cast 
from pure American glass. An optional date or 
message can be added for an additional charge 
of $10. Each paperweight comes in a custom- 
fitted black velvet pouch for gift-giving. Felt base. 
Pen & Ink Paperweight EDPW $30 


This desk box makes a handsome addition to 

any home or office Made of poplar wood 

hand-finished in deep cherry, it features an 

eglomise hand painting of the Administration 


Painted Box EDPB . $195 



Please visit 

www. eglomisedesigns com 

to see a beautiful variety 

of additional Mary Baldwin 

commemorative gifts, 

including a painted picture, 

pen and ink desk clock, 

a photoframe, and more. 

To order, please call 

1-800-763-7359 or 540-887-7007 

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Select your favorite campus building, and 
Elizabeth Robinson Harrison '55 will handcraft a 
realistic miniature just for you. Allow 6-8 weeks 
for delivery. Please specify the building(s) you 
want. (Administration Building, Alumnae House, 
Grafton Library, Hunt Hall, Pearce Science 
Building, Bell House, Bowman House, 
Edmondson House, Hill Top, Memorial, North 
Bailey, Rose Terrace, South Bailey, Spencer, 
Tullidge, Woodrow Terrace Apartments, 
Woodson, Train Station, Woodrow Wilson's 

Miniature R-1 $12 

Set of 4 Miniatures R-2 $40 


One of the prettiest renderings ever created of 
the Mary Baldwin campus by the famous Virginia 
artist Eric Fitzpatrick. 
Print (17" x 11") X-1 $25 


Mary Baldwin's beloved professor, Dr. Thomas 
Grafton, compiled his favorite prayers in "Make 
Meaningful These Passing Years," originally print- 
ed in 1 946. This makes a nice addition to any 
Book X-35 $10 


Beautiful thoughts to enrich your spiritual journey. 
A collection of sermons and prayers by Mary 
Baldwin's chaplain, the Rev. Patricia Hunt. 
Book X-54 $10 


The black lacquer finish and hand-painted gold 
trim combined with a timeless design make an 
elegant chair. Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. 
Shipping is $50 per chair. 

Boston Rocker 

Black Arms JR1 $250 

Cherry Arms JR2 $275 

Captain's Chair 

(shown above) 

Black Arms JC3 $245 

Cherry Arms JC4 $270 


Show your school spirit wth this handsome 
green and white flag. 28"x 42" 

FG-1 $25 


Gourmet Virginia peanuts are great for 

entertaining and for gifts. 


1-1/2 lbs E-1 $10 

2-1/2 lbs E-3 $15 


1-1/2 lbs E-2 $10 

2-1/2 lbs E-4 $15 


Perfect for your home, this 100% cotton afghan 
features nine campus scenes. Navy or hunter 
green bordered with jacquard woven design. 
Machine washable. Care instructions included. 

Green (48" x 70") X-45G $40 

Navy (48" x 70") X-45B $40 


Protect yourself from those showers with a clas- 
sic golf umbrella in evergreen and white with 
MBC seal. 
Golf Umbrella X-55 $25 


Back by popular demand! Black cast iron book- 
ends by Virginia Metalcrafters. Shipping $10.00. 
Bookends HJB-1 $50 


Sturdy canvas tote with front pocket and single 
snap closure. Trimmed in green. 16"x21" 
Tote Bag TB-1 $15 


Very cute! Set of four spreaders with resin apple 

handles by Boston Warehouse. 

Apple Spreaders AS-1 $10 

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Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

Konichiwa: Greetings from Japan 

By Ryn Bruce '99 
Director of Volunteers 

It took 26 hours door to door. After two 
planes, two taxis, and a train (does that 
sound like a Steve Martin movie?), Annie 
Saval '99, MBC associate director of 
Annual Giving, and I finally reached our 
initial destination in Japan: Kyoto. The 
ancient, atmospheric city is home to our 
sister institution, Doshisha Women's 
College of Liberal Arts. We spent 10 
days in Kyoto and Tokyo this past sum- 
mer visiting alumnae — we have more 
than 100 in Japan I — and otherwise 
strengthening Mary Baldwin's long- 
standing ties to that country. 

This was Annie's third trip to Japan 
— she studied there while enrolled at 
MBC — but my first. What a wonderful 
experience! In sometimes unexpected 
ways, Japan blends the old and the new, 
and everyone we encountered, including 
strangers, was patient and helpful. 

At an event we helped arrange on 
the Doshisha campus, we updated 
alumnae about Mary Baldwin and talked 
with Doshisha students and internation- 
al studies staff about MBC. Doshisha 
students may spend a semester or two 
at Mary Baldwin, as may its instructors. 
Mary Baldwin students may do the 
same at Doshisha. Japan and other 
parts of Asia are often included in May 
Term trips. 

The next day, Annie and I took the 
bullet train (the shinkansen, traveling 
nearly 150 miles an hour) north to Tokyo 
to meet with more alumnae. 

In Tokyo, we met with alumnae at the 
International House of Japan and visited 

with others who couldn't get to that gath- 
ering. In both Tokyo and Kyoto, we were 
greeted by enthusiastic Mary Baldwin 
supporters and received notes and 
messages from others who wanted to 
get together but for various reasons 

To sense what life in Japan is like, 
Annie and I made an early morning (5 
a.m.) stop at Tokyo's famous fish market 
(a main source of sushi), which is in one 
of the many different areas in that huge 
city. Each neighborhood has its identity 
and personality. We also traveled to the 
nearby city of Kamakura to view an enor- 
mous statue of Buddha. We went to a 
professional baseball game at the Tokyo 
Dome (and were amused if a little puz- 
zled when the thousands there sang 
"YMCA" and spelled it out with their 
arms). And, yes, we managed to work in 
a little shopping in Ginza. 

No matter where we went, we 
encountered nothing but kind smiles. 
Though we could offer greetings and 
thanks in Japanese, language was a bar- 
rier at times. But, inevitably, someone 
who spoke English would notice our 
quizzical expressions and stop to assist. 

Not only did this trip give us the 
opportunity to re-connect with our Mary 
Baldwin alumnae, but it also allowed us 
to better understand our Japanese stu- 
dents' lives in their own country — and 
to more fully appreciate the strength and 
character needed to go far from home to 
a different culture and take a full load in 
a foreign language: English. 


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Clockwise from top: 

Alumnae gather at the International 
House of Japan in Tokyo. From left, 
Annie Saval '99, RumikoYokota '00, 
EmiTokubuchi of the Sakae Institute, 
Ryn Bruce '99,YumikoTakeuchi '88. 

Chiho Kodama Ogasawara '99 and 
Ryn Bruce '99 outside a restaurant in 
Tokyo's Akasaka neighborhood. 

Alumnae meet at Doshisha Women's 
College of Liberal Arts, Imadegawa 
Campus, in Kyoto. From left: Madoka 
Saikai '99, Kimberly Thompson '91, 
Annie Saval '99, andYuki Satake Izutsu '90. 

Yukiko Furuya '98 at a Tokyo restaurant. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

alumnae/i news 
and class notes 


















Dear friends. 

On July 1, Mary Baldwin welcomed Dr. Pamela 
Fox as ninth president of the college. She has been 
warmly received by the campus and local communi- 
ties, presidents of other Virginia colleges and 
institutions, and Virginia Governor Mark R. 
Warner. It was my pleasure to welcome her on 
behalf of the Alumnae/i Association. 

President Fox brings outstanding professional 
credentials and experience; she is a warm and 
enthusiastic leader. Already it is evident that she is 
committed to furthering national recognition of 
MBC's existing programs and accomplishments as 
she takes a comprehensive approach to planning. 
She values our alumnae/i and recognizes our impor- 
tant role in the success of Mary Baldwin. When we 
spoke briefly during a dinner last spring, I was 
impressed with her thoughtful questions about our 
association and its structure. 

At a recent meeting of the Board of Trustees, 
Dr. Fox said that her first year will be one of "lis- 
tening to many voices" as she talks with the various 
constituencies of the college. She will be attending 

events in some areas, and I encourage you to take 
advantage of any opportunity to meet her. 

Even if Dr. Fox doesn't travel to your part of 
the country this year, you will have chances to get 
to know her. All alumnae/i will be invited to a con- 
tinuing education conference on campus March 
12-14. And reunion classes will celebrate 
Homecoming May 14-16. What wonderful occa- 
sions to return to Staunton, meet Dr. Fox, enjoy 
terrific activities, and visit with MBC friends. 

We enjoyed 18 years of strong leadership 
under Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson. Dr. Fox is a succes- 
sor who respects and applauds our history, 
eagerly embraces our present, and is committed 
to our future. She joins all of us in taking Mary 
Baldwin's success personally. 

With warm regards, *^^^. 

Sue McDowell Whitlock '67 

A Continuing Education f 


^J at Mary Baldwin College 

Marck 12-14, 2004 

recfiarae ycur irmuf.. . relax, ycur 5c<fy. . . renew ycur sjririt 


and bring a friend. 

Homecoming 2004 
May 14-16 

Share your milestones and 

create new memories with 

The Grafton Society 

And the classes of 1 949, 1 954, 1 959, 1 964, 

1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 

If you are interested in helping with vour reunion or need further 
information, please contact the Office of Alumnae/i Activities at 
1-800-763-7359 or 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 


Sue McDowell Whitlock '67 president, Lansdale, PA; Ann Gordon Abbott Evans '65, vice president and president-elect, Hampton, VA; Lynn 
Tuggle Gilliland '80, executive director, Office of Alumnae/i Activities, Staunton, VA; Dorian Akerman '92, Arlington, VA; Katherine Jackson 
Anderson '80, Columbia, SC; Pamela Leigh Anderson '84, Jefferson, GA; Kathleen Beck Andes '98, Grottoes, VA; Dorothy Beals Ballew '53, 
Johnson City, TN; Alice Blair '86, Alexandria, VA; Nancy Kunkle Carey '51 , Staunton, VA; Mary Melissa Derby '88, Alexandria, VA; Emily 
Alexander Douglas '98, Nashville, TN; AnnTrusler Faith '69, Ridgefield, CT; Virginia Royster Francisco '64, Staunton, VA; Leigh Hamblin 
Gordon 78, Richmond, VA; Jean Grainger 70, New York, NY; Anne Kennan '95, Baltimore, MD; Jane G. Kornegay '83, Williamsburg, VA; 
Kathryn Ann McCormack'OO, Richmond, VA; Bonnie Tuggle Miller 76, Richmond, VA; Garnett Clymer Ogden '95, Frisco, TX; Fleet Lynch 
Roberts '81, Valentines, VA; Jane T Russell Steelman '52, Lottsburg, VA; Debra Feigin Sukin '92, Houston, TX; M. Elizabeth Swope '66, 
Arlington, VA; JaneTownes '69, Shelbyville.TN; Kellie Warner '90, Charlotte, NC. 

class notes 



Newport News VA celebrated her 90th 
birthday in July. Virginia moved in 2000 
into The Hidenwood, an independent 
and assisted-living facility. 



Alexandria VA writes: "My husband 
died suddenly in December 2001. In 
October 2002, I moved to a retirement 
community with many opportunities for 
an interesting, active life. Although liv- 
ing in different parts of the country, my 
five children, their spouses, 12 grand- 
children, and two great-grandchildren 
are so supportive. We visit often and e- 
mail frequently!" 

SARAH LATHAM Campbell reports 
that husband Wilson died September 
28, 2002. Sarah and Wilson were mar- 
ried 59 years. She lives in Richmond VA 
with daughter Cathy and visits with 
daughter Carolyn, also in Richmond. 

1939 (Reunion) 

FRANCES PERROTTET Kresler contin- 
ues to teach painting with watercolors 
in her home studio in Williamsport IN. 
Frances submitted one of her paintings 
for the Wabash Valley Watercolor 
Society's juried spring show. 



Linthicum Heights MD writes: 
"Keeping up with my two grandsons 
keeps me busy. No. 1 has just joined 
the Coast Guard after college and is 
serving a year in AmeriCorps. No. 2 
grandson is a student at the University 
of South Carolina." 


Charleston WV celebrated her 60th 
wedding anniversary in August She 
writes: "We're still traipsing around the 
world despite terrorists, etc., though 
we do avoid the hottest spots. We're 
soon going to run out of time and ener- 
gy to experience this wonderful world." 


Laurens SC writes: "Had lunch with 

Graham last fall. We had fun talking 
about old times. My first grandchild (a 
boy) was born in February." 

THELMA RIDDLE Golightly of 

Jacksonville FL writes: "I keep busy 
with church and the American 
Association of University Women 
(AAUW). This year our AAUW branch 
sponsored 'Jax Read' wherein the 
whole community of Jacksonville 
read the same book followed by dis- 
cussion groups. It was a very 
successful project." 

MARY VAN ATTA Derr of Boulder CO 
writes: "Still battling arthritis. Vern and I 
have had fun with the school children 
at a nearby school, and I'm writing for 
our monthly paper, The Mirror" 




HARRIET ANGIER Kuhn writes: "In 
November 2001, I moved into a duplex 
at Abernathy Retirement Center in 
Newton NC, where I enjoy living. A van 
transports us to nearby concerts and 
plays. I attend pops concerts in nearby 


Indianapolis IN reports that husband 
Carl died February 19. 

ANNE HAYES Davis of Greensboro 
NC writes: "John Davis and I had our 
fourth anniversary and we still feel 
like a bride and groom. We are so 
happy. I have 10 grandchildren and 10 
great-grandchildren. John has 14 
grandchildren and four great-grand- 


OLIVIA GLOVER Harless and husband 
Bob enjoy traveling and live five 
months each year in their New Mexico 
retreat. In winter months they are 
active at their home, church, and with 
friends and family in Gonzales TX. 

BETTY JOHNSON Mix of Redding CA 
writes: "Read the 'obit' column this 
a.m. and my name wasn't in it, so I'm 
just fine. What's new: the acquisition of 
'Sadie,' my inferno-red Sebring LXI 
Chrysler convertible." 


Warren PA regrets not being able to 
attend her reunion this past May. She 
writes: "Harold passed away October 
21, 2002. Things are so different as 
many of you know. Thinking of all of 

RUTH PETERS Sproul of Staunton VA 
writes: "Spending our golden years in a 
'just right' home we built three years 
ago. My husband is now blind, so I live 
two lives. Talking books are our life 
saver. I'm appreciating my MBC legacy 

1944 (Reunion) 

NC writes: "We are still in pretty good 
health and have been married 60 years. 
Life is still good. Our children and most 
of our grandchildren live in the area. We 
are blessed!" 


husband Richard of Cramerton NC 
moved into an assisted-living facility 
and are enjoying it. 


JEAN BAILEY McKinney and husband 
Curtis moved to a new residence in 
Portland OR "having retired from the 
15 acres we cared for." 

NAN DORSEY Clausel of San Antonio 

TX continues to be active singing in the 
choir and as lector and lay Eucharist 
minister at St. Mark's Episcopal 
Church. Nan is also on the board and in 
the choir of the Tuesday Musical Club. 
In May, she drove to Edina MN to visit 
daughter Caroline and grandchildren. 


Aurora GA writes: "Sorry to have 
missed the reunion in 2002, but visited 
my son in Nevada and daughter in 
California and their families instead. 
Always enjoy reading the alumnae/i 
magazine. Keep 'em coming!" 

MYRNA WILLIAMS Vest and husband 
James of Wilmington DE enjoy spend- 
ing winters in Fort Lauderdale FL. 


BETTIE BARNETT Lombard of Tucson 
AZ announces the birth of new grand- 
daughter Ragan Lombard Page. 


Hopewell VA writes: "We're living on 
the James River right across from 
Berkley Plantation and enjoy the river 


Little Rock AR received an award for 
volunteer of the year for her work with 
the Arkansas Cancer Research Center. 

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of Durham NC writes: "Enioying life in 
a great retirement community while 
tutoring in an elementary school, taking 
classes in Spanish and other subjects, 
and volunteering at Duke University 
Gardens Have had a lot of fun visits 
with family and friends and at my 55th 
at MBC in May" 


Staunton VA writes: "Warden and I 
enjoy our children and four grandchil- 
dren, visiting them often in Raleigh NC 
and Lynchburg VA. I stay busy with 
church and serving on the auxiliary 
board of Augusta Medical Center, our 
local hospital. Also, I love my bridge 
and friends I" 

MURIEL IVEY Branch of Boynton 
Beach FL writes "We're loving living 
in Florida. I'm afraid our social calen- 
dar includes more doctor's 
appointments than parties, but we're 
hanging in there." 

BARBARA MURRAY Perrin and hus- 
band Jim reside in Greensboro NC. Jim 
writes of Barbara "She has been ill 
with congestive heart failure three 
times. She is better and walking with 
a cane now. We live in a house on 
Masonic Home property. We see 
ANNIE BEN BEALE Kornegay '48 
and recently heard from BETSY 
BERRY Williamson '48 I take Barb to 
eat in the golf cart and to an 88- 
degree pool It's a nice place here 
She sends her love." 


Churchville VA celebrated her 50th 
wedding anniversary with husband 
Eugene June 6. 


Memphis TN says that husband Pope 
died in April 2002. "I'm moving to 
Raleigh NC to be close to my children: 
Ruth Brooks in Raleigh and son Mac in 



MARY HORTON Waldron of 

Gaithersburg MD writes: "I'm busier 
than I ever dreamed of being at 74 
years of age on two boards of direc- 
tors, the president of the School of 
Continuing Education at Asbury 
Methodist Village, playing golf, and 

BESS PLAXCO Smith of Greenville SC 
writes- "I'm still getting settled in the 
new townhouse I had a brief visit with 

who was recovering from surgery but 
is doing well now." 

PENNIE WEST Covington of Atlanta 
GA reports that oldest son Matthew 
moved to Bowling Green KY where 
he is a Presbyterian pastor. Youngest 
son Mark Read was named "Coach of 
the Year" 


Washington DC writes: "Arnold and I 
have a new grandson, Jamie, born to 
son Tom and wife Kris in December 
2002. Tom is finishing his third year at 
Georgetown University Medical School." 


Columbia SC was saluted by the Girl 
Scout Council of the Congaree Area Inc. 
at its 10th Annual Women of Distinction 
Awards Luncheon March 12. 


MARTHA BARNETT Beal of Gastonia 
NC sends regrets for not being able to 
attend the 50th reunion of her class 
this past May. She hopes everyone had 
a "super time!" 

ELIZABETH DAHL Shaner writes: "I 
have lived all these many years in 
Lexington VA with my husband and 
have been blessed with four beautiful 
children and seven beautiful grandchil- 

Carswell formerly of Savanah GA, 
writes: "We are now living full time at 
Cypress Creek Plantation in South 
Carolina, and we are enioying our 
three daughters and five grandchil- 
dren. Johnny is still working in the 
insurance business." 

NELLE MCCANTS Smith of Beaufort 
SC writes: "I'm happier than I've ever 
been in my life. I have a wonderful hus- 
band of 48 years, three grown children 
who are outstanding people and have 
made us proud, and three precious 
granchildren. We're enjoying remodel- 
ing a 200-year-old home. John is a 
landscape designer part time, and I still 
work two days a week at a gift shop. 
I'm active in our church and enjoy vol- 
unteer work in the community, a book 
club, and playing duplicate bridge. Life 
is good!" 

MARCIA MUMMA Hodges of Onnda 
CA is still involved in music At 
church, she directs the choir, plays 
the organ and accompanies a 
women's choral group. 


Statesville NC writes: "Enjoying our 10 
grandchildren who range in age from 5 
to 17 The oldest is a high school 
senior, and the youngest has entered 
kindergarten. All are sports enthusi- 
asts and involved in soccer, baseball, 
and basketball." 


Virginia Beach VA writes: "After having 
taught special education for 20 years, 
I'm now retired and enjoying life. Sorry 
to have missed the reunion, but I was 
in Alaska" 

ANN TAYLOR Hanak writes: "I am 
now remarried to a former high school 
boyfriend whom I'd not seen for 52 

years. We have quite a family between 
us: 11 children and 12 grandchildren 
scattered across the country. Joe and I 
live in Ames IA, a college town of 
50,000 I have many fond memories of 
MBC and am really sorry to have 
missed our 50th reunion." 

1954 (Reunion) 


Alpharetta GA writes: "Grandchild No 
10 arrived January 3, and grandchild 
No. 1 is 21 ! Looking forward to our 
50th reunion in 2004!" 


of Houston TX writes: "We welcomed a 
new grandson a year ago. This makes 
eight grandkids. Had a good visit with 
Eidson '55 in Orlando FL in April 2002, 
and made a return visit to MBC campus 
in November. I wouldn't have recognized 
the place!" 


Bellevue WA writes: "We stay busy 
with our children and grandchildren. Our 
grandson Kyle was married in August 
2002. Our granddaughter Mellena was 
21 in April, and our other grandsons, 
Bryce and Trent, are 3 and 5" 



of Houston TX wrote that she and hus- 
band Richard were planning a 
two-week tour of the Amazon this past 
summer "to see the flooded rain for- 
est." She says she's "still a docent at 
the Houston zoo" 

NANCY BUSTON Downs of Fincastle 
VA writes: "We enjoy our family, includ- 
ing five grandchildren, near and far. For 
this year, we've limited our travels to 
the U.S.A.!" 

Beach FL enioys Florida in the winter 
and the mountains in the summer. She 
hopes to visit with roommates DIANA 
"DINCY" REDE Cabell and KAY 

REID STRICKLAND Nottingham of 

Richmond VA writes: "Maurice has 
been retired eight years. We enjoy our 
grandchildren (five in all) and at times 
travel on cruises with them and their 
parents! Maurice misses the hospital 
contacts with fellow doctors, but has 
adjusted well to retirement." 



Houston TX continues to be busy with 
church and Global Missions as well as 
Bayon Bend, a part of the Museum of 
Fine Arts. She also works with Opera in 
the Heights, a regional opera company 
for artists wishing to advance in the 
opera world. After the May Opera in the 
Heights gala, Barbara wrote, "I'm head- 
ing for the beach!" 


Fishersville VA writes: "Our peripatet- 
ic daughter Paige moved from Alaska 
to southwest Virginia, working with 
the Virginia Department of Health as 
an epidemiologist. We spent three 
weeks in Memphis with the grand- 
kids, 9 and 11, this past spring while 
our daughter was on a business trip 
to Durban, South Africa" 


CAROLYN GRIFFIS Smith and hus- 
band George have two children, Tim 
and Patty, and now have two grand- 
children, Jack. 2, and Anna Clair, 11 


has retired from teaching and lives in 
Seaford VA. 

LYDIA WOODS Peale of Palmyra VA 
writes "Enjoying retirement, but am 
still too busy!" 


Williamsburg VA manages a shopping 
center and has time for travel. She 
returned from travel in China before 
the outbreak of SARS. 


TONI BALDWIN Cammack married a 
high school classmate Robert 
Cammack December 6, 2002. "We 
ran into each other some time ago 
working on high school class reunion 
projects. We each had two grandchil- 
dren when we married and now have 
five" A sixth was due soon.Toni and 
Robert live in Richardson TX. 


BARBARA BAGLEY Silvia lives in 
Norton MA with husband Michael 
They have two children: daughter 
Emalee in college, and a son in law 
school at the University of San Diego. 
Barbara enioys travel with her hus- 
band and spending time with her 

SALLY HELTZEL Pearsall of Mobile 
AL writes: "Daughter Susan and hus- 
band Marc Fusco have a baby girl 
(third grandchild), Jane, in Raleigh NC 
I retired as church secretary in 
January and love retirement!" 

Hayes of Hampton VA writes: "My 
husband Richard of 41 years died of 
lung cancer on October 21, 2002. I 
have survived because of my faith, 
wonderful family, and friends. Both 
boys and family are doing fine. I have 
four grandchildren" 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 



Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, 
has served as a judge for 
Saskatchewan County Queen's Bench 
since 1997 Husband David is a pro- 
fessor of political science at the 
University of Saskatchewan. Gene 
Anne would love to hear from MBC 


of Colgate Wl writes: "Officially 
retired this year. I'm thoroughly enjoy- 
ing the extra time to spoil five grand 
babies, volunteer, and complete pro- 
jects around the log house my husband 
and I built with our own hands." 

JANET BISH Holmes is still temporari- 
ly living in Las Vegas NV. She reports 
that grandchild Steven Michael Kloor 
was born March 29, 2002. Janet enjoys 
a local chapter of the Red Hat Society, 
and her closet is crowded with purple 
outfits and red hats. "Finally, we are all 
old enough to have fun again." 

NANCY BLOOD Ferguson of Asheville 
NC keeps busy as a docent at the 
Asheville Art Museum, where she's a 
member of the board. She's also an 
urban trail guide, giving tours of "our 
wonderful downtown." Nancy has five 
grandsons from her two older children, 
and her youngest child recently gradu- 
ated from Duke. 

ANN BOOKER Darst of Williamsburg 
VA celebrated becoming a grandmoth- 
er in July. 

RITA COOPER Russ of Stevensville 
MD writes: "We live on Kent Island on 
the Eastern Shore with the backyard 
looking out over the bay. My life 
includes my husband of four years, 
three grown children, five granddaugh- 
ters (15, 11, 4, 2, and 6 months), my 
gardens, the garden club, the Mental 
Health Committee of Queen Anne's 
City, the Hospice of Queen Anne's, 
horses, and needlepoint. Hello to all, 
and thanks to Martha Rideout for the 
fun phone call." 

LYNNE FOBES Marion of Scottsdale 
AZ is a program coordinator at 
Arizona Prevention Resource Center. 
She administers a cadre of about 300 
volunteers who offer technical assis- 
tance to communities in their 
prevention efforts. For 11 years Lynne 
has trained in prevention content. 

CARYN FOGARTY Tebbe of Houston 
TX has 12 grandchildren and owns 
C'est Caryn Travel Agency. The agency 
specializes in groups: family reunions, 
cruises, and adventure travel. 

ANN "TERRY" GEGGIE Fridley of 

Covington VA continues to work as 
administrator of the Gifted Programs 
for Alleghany County Schools. 
Husband Harrison is retired. They 
hope to do some traveling soon. 

SUE JORDAN Rodarte of San Antonio 
TX wrties: "I am enjoying selling resi- 
dential real estate." 


Blytheville AR reports that she has four 

MARY ROBERTS Judkins of Hume VA 
works part time and enjoys her horse 
and dogs. 


Hatcher of Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
writes: "After four years managing a 
charitable foundation in Canada, I have 
retired and am enjoying leisure time 
galore: bridge, tennis, and a lovely 

1964 (Reunion) 

MARY KERR Denny of San Antonio TX 
writes: "Had a great study trip to 
Oman in February, and have been giv- 
ing talks on my experiences in the 
Middle East to various community 
groups. In May I visited my daughter 
and son-in-law who live in Brazil." 


Richmond VA writes: "I'm still working 
at Virginia Commonwealth University- 
Medical College of Virginia on a twin 
research project. My youngest son, 
Clay, graduated from Wittenburg 
University in May 2002 and is teaching 
English in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. 

BYRD WILLIAMS Abbott writes: "It's 
wonderful to be back in Charlottesville 
VA full time. We've re-done my parent's 
home. I'm a real estate broker with 
Montague Miller & Co." 

HOPE ROTHERT Taft of Columbus OH 
writes: "Bob was re-elected governor 
of Ohio. Anna graduated from college 
in May 2002. My office just won an 
award for the video Smart & Sober that 
we produced." 



of Tampa FL writes: "I've taken up a 
new activity — kayaking! Not white- 
water kayaking but kayak touring. It's 
the best activity for Florida. We have 
so many rivers, lakes, and seashores 
to paddle that I'll never get to them 


Southbury CT writes: "I retired three 
years ago as vice president with 
General Reinsurance. Instead of 
downsizing, we bought a bigger 
house, the better to have weekend 
parties in with our children who live in 
Boston and New Jersey. We travel 
frequently. Our last two trips were 
cruises to the Amazon and five weeks 
across the Pacific. It's fun to be 




NashvilleTN finished building a new 
home where her old home was and is 
enjoying it. She writes: "Enjoying walk- 
ing, golf, exercise, and travel. Stokes is 
living in Nashville and working for his 
father in the commercial real estate 
business. Elizabeth is continuing her 
work in New York at Sanford Bernstein." 

ANGELA BLOSE Corley of Carmel IN 
enjoyed being on campus in April. 

"Johnny and I took off in October on 
our 44-foot sailboat and stayed in the 
Keys and on the west coast of Florida 
for the winter. It was grand! Next 
year, we're off to the Bahamas." 
Marjorie and Johnny reside in 
Newport News VA. 


Richmond VA celebrated the birth of 
first grandchild Andrew Kiefer Waters 
April 22. 


MADELEINE BROWN Kintz of Atlanta 
GA reports that son Andrew married 
Mary Allison August 30. Mary's mother 
Allison '62, and her aunt, BARBARA 
"BARBY" BROWN Bowles '68, was 
one of Madeleine's college roommates. 


Greenville VA writes: "Our son 
Chapman graduated in May from 
Virginia Tech, so now all three children 
have graduated from college. Joseph 
and Chapman own their own business, 
Williams Brothers Lawn and Tree 
Company, and Elizabeth teaches art at 
Stuarts Draft High School. The three of 
them live together!" 

SUSANNE "SUE" DYER Stanley of 

Washington DC writes: "Still with IBM 
but Dave and I are looking forward to 
retirement in the not-too-distant future. 
Our son Jonathan and his wife are in 
NashvilleTN where Jonathan finished 
his second year of law school at 
Vanderbilt. Daughter Katie finished her 
second year at the University of 
Michigan Medical School. We go to 
Charlottesville VA for football games, 
and I'm always looking for MBC faces!" 

TEMPE GRANT Thomas of Bethesda 
MD is in her 17th year teaching 3-year- 
olds and her 16th year as director of an 
after-school program for kindergarten 
through sixth grade. Tempe has two 
daughters: Tempe Haile, who graduat- 
ed this past spring from Northwestern 
University, and Connie, Class of '06 at 
Boston University. 


KnoxvilleTN enjoys traveling and 
babysitting six grandchildren. 


writes: "Just built a new house in 
Williamsburg VA and hope to find the 
time to work on my golf game now 
that I'm finished." 


Richmond VA writes: "Grandchildren!" 

MARCY JERNIGAN Sims and husband 
Hunter live in Virginia Beach VA, where 
she is director of public libraries for the 
City of Virginia Beach. Daughter Clara 
graduated in May from James Madison 
University. Son Hunter graduated from 
the University of North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill and lives in San Francisco. 

NANCY KEVAN Lazaron of Norfolk VA 
reports that daughter Elsa married 
Dennis Berndt in August 2002. Elsa's 
thesis on high-functioning autistic peo- 
ple is being published. 

ANNE KINNIER Driscoll of 

Midlothian VA is in her 29th year of 
teaching French in Chesterfield 
County public schools. 

DallasTX writes: "Still in private prac- 
tice and loving being a grandmother to 
Jack, 5, and Zoe, 3, in Dallas, and Luis, 
6 months, in Madrid." Luis's mother is 

We Goofed! 

No, it really wasn't personal. After all, Peggy Anderson Carr '67 
is one of our most active and generous alumnae/i. But we 
managed to reverse her name in the Alumnae/i in Action sec- 
tion of the summer magazine (she hosted a luncheon at her 
home in Dallas). And we inadvertently listed her and several of 
her classmates with the Class of 1966 in the Kiracofe Society 
category of the annual philanthropy report published in the 
magazine. They are Anne Cooke, Ivy Koster, Charlotte 
McCormick, Susan Palmer, and M. Elizabeth Preddy. Also, 
Emily Oehler should have been listed as '93, not '92, and two 
more should have been included: Jane Harcus Hill '79 and 
Jonathon Grace '97 Finally, Cynthia Stevens '93 is alive and 
well. Her annual giving contribution was incorrectly labeled 
from her "estate." We regret the errors and omissions. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

ERUNE GRIFFITH Eason '52 of Midlothian 
VA presents incoming freshman Crystal 
Diaz with her appointment to MBCs 
Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership at 
Lloyd C- Bird High School's awards ceremo- 
ny June 4, 2003. 

KATHERINE BRANT Manning '90 of Lynchburg VA visited 
classma'- MARY IRVIN York and her family at Mary's home in 
Richmond m March "We all had a great weekend together!" 
Pictured (I to r) are Kathenne and her children Will, 9. Brant, 7, 
Mary and her children Sarah, 3, Will, 5, and Elizabeth, 8. 

ned November 23, 2002, at Highland Presbyterian Church in Dallas. 
Celebrating their wedding were classmates II to • MELISSA 
LAMBERT house party member ASHLEY LEFTWICH Lowrey CARLA 
CUSTIS Russell and bridesmaids MARY HARDY MORRISON ALEX- 

BARBARA LOVILL Hooks of Mount 
Airy NC reports that her mother 
ESTHER BROWN Lovill '37 moved 

from her home into the skilled-care 
unit at Mount Airy's hospital. 


Greenville NC has "two wonderful 
granddaughters: Jackie Barnes, 3, and 
Carson Barnes. 1 ." Margaret writes: 
"Still working in the hospital pharmacy 
35 years later." 

SHERRY MASON Taylor of Plamfield 
NJ says husband Harry is executive 
director of New Jersey Interfaith 
Partnership for Disaster Recovery, a 
9/11 response group that assists peo- 
ple, many of whom are immigrants, 
affected by the World Trade Center col- 

SUSAN MERKLAS Kahn of Coral 
Gables FL is marketing director in the 
Miami area for Northern Trust. She 
writes: "Three children are all grown, 
and I have my first grandchild, Will, 1. 
My son |ust received his MD/MBA 
from Emory University, and my 
youngest daughter received a BA from 
Emory last year" 


Washington DC has two sons in high 
school and a daughter at Cornell 
University She regrets missing her 
reunion in May. "Hope to see all of 
you at our 40th!" 


of Annapolis MD writes of her chil- 
dren: "My daughter Melissa 
graduated from Trinity College in CT 
and has completed her first year of 
law school at Catholic University. Son 
Chris is a lournalist for The 
Albuquerque Journal after graduating 
from Occidental College in CA and 
spending a year in Dublin. Ireland, 
studying journalism at Griffith 


of Auburn AL writes: "I am working as 
a Christian counselor. I also lead a 
small singles group at church and am a 
lay speaker. I have been enjoying 
researching family history." 

SARAH STERRETT Meyerhoff of 
Greenwich CT serves on the MBC 
Advisory Board of Visitors, is active with 
the Greenwich Junior League as a past 
president, and is a fifth-year member of 
the Breast Cancer Alliance Sarah's 
youngest daughter, Nina, models in 
New York City, and oldest daughter Liz 
is a screenwriter and actress in Los 
Angeles Sarah stays in touch with 
classmate LADY APPLEBY Jackson 


Richmond VA writes. "Have realized 
age is approaching. I had a hip revi- 
sion, then it dislocated, so I was in a 
brace for six weeks this past spring, 
but was ready for the 35th reunion. 
The nest is empty, and I definitely 
have mixed emotions about that" 

SUSAN VAUGHAN Henry of Chester 
VA writes: "I'm newly retired after 28 
years of teaching, and am mentoring 
beginning teachers, which is a plea- 
sure. I've |Oined the Chester Garden 
Club, taken some classes in Healing 
Touch, and my husband and I travel 
frequently to Oregon and Chicago to 
visit our children. I'm also taking 
Disciple I Bible Study and loving it. 
and continuing my membership in an 
investment club and a book club. Life is 
good, and I'm grateful 1 '' 

1969 (Reunion) 

CAROL ALSPAUGH Denton of Dallas 
TX is vice president of Thomson-DBM. 
Carol writes: "My two children. Brad 
and Merntt, are a senior and sopho- 
more at the University of Texas and 
Florida State, respectively. I'm active on 
the board of The Family Place in Dallas, 
a shelter, transitional housing and edu- 

cational organization whose mission is 
to eliminate domestic violence" 


Nashville TN continues to coordinate 
five children's choirs and is director of 
the second-and-third-grade choir at First 
Presbyterian Church. Rebekah is serving 
a second year as president of the 
Middle Tennessee chapter of the 
Choristers Guild. 

TIFFANY Schweitzer frequently" 



Arrowsmrth of Lexington SC is a career 
counselor with Lee Hecht Harrison, an 
outplacement firm. Son Nathan, 28. 
works in the athletics department at 
Davidson College, and daughter Jane 
Crawford, 22, graduated in May from 
Columbia College in South Carolina 


NANCY MORSE Evans of Pattison TX 
wrote that they headed for North 
Dakota this past summer "to get 
away from the Houston heat" She 
said she is "still working as an oncolo- 
gy nurse in Houston and enjoy the 
flexibility being an RN allows" 

MARTHA MURPHY Davis and hus- 
band Ed Loring of Atlanta GA were 
presented with distinguished service 
awards by Columbia Theological 
Seminary in April. The two are found- 
ing partners of the Open Door 
Community, a diverse residential 
community in downtown Atlanta. 
which provides Christian ministry for 
the homeless. 

LINDA WINNER Beville of Manassas 

VA writes: "Still teaching music in 
Prince William County and continuing 
my piano studies and church organ 
jobs. Both daughters, Lee and Kristin, 
are heading for grad school (San 
Diego for an MAT and Boston for an 
MSW). I see classmates KATHRYN 

PATRICIA CLICK of Charlottesville VA 
writes: "I am still giving lectures and 
participating in book signmgs related to 
my recent book 77me Full of Trial: The 
Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony, 
1862-1867, The Web site created to 
complement the book has won several 
awards, including being named a 'Best 
of History' Web site" 


Dayton OH continues to work as a substi- 
tute teacher and has a new job as a golf 
coach for her district's middle schools 

Downer of Charlottesville VA continues 
to work as a registered nurse doing out- 
comes for the heart center at UVA. She 
writes: "During the past two years, our 
family has experienced many changes 
with my husband Robert becoming gen- 
eral district court |udge. Our three sons 
are in law school and college and prepar- 
ing for study abroad in Russia and India" 

JANN MALONE Steele was the open- 
ing speaker of the Viewpoints 2003 
series at Rappahannock Westminster- 
Canterbury January 27 2002. where 
she spoke on "The Road to Fitness and 
Other Places." Jann has worked as a 
columnist and feature writer for the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch for the last 
25 years. Her speech was related to a 
monthly series she began in November 
2002 for the newspaper entitled "The 
Road to Fitness." The series chronicled 
her exercise program used to regain 
stamina lost during and after cancer 
treatment. She states: "It occurred to 
me that I might be able to write about 
my own experiences in a way that 
would help other sedentary people get 
moving again." Jann and husband Mike 
live in Richmond VA. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

writes: "After 30 years without a horse 
in my life. I bought a beautiful Morgan 
mare last year. I look forward to show- 
ing her this year." 



happy to be back in McLean VA after 
living in South Africa for almost three 
years. Son Coleman graduated from 
Dartmouth in June, daughter Alexa fin- 
ished her first year at UVA, and 
daughter Abigail completed the sixth 
grade this past spring. 


Pecq, France, writes: "Quit my job with 
PeopleSoft in November 2001 and am 
enjoying a leisurely life. I stay busy with 
three teenagers, bridge group, golf, 
Spanish classes and the Trampoline Club 
(my son jumps, and I'm the president)." 


Marietta GA writes: "Anxiously awaiting 
daughter Alyson's learning to drive so 
my life as a 24-hour chauffeur may end! 
I work as a commercial lines under- 
writer close to home. Husband Mark 
and I are status quo. Daughter Alyson is 
into everything: tennis, swim team, cho- 
rus, and gifted/college level courses as a 
high school freshman. We are all busy! " 


Roanoke VA reports that daughter 
Sarah Boxley graduated from Wake 
Forest University last year and works in 
Norfolk VA. Son Jack attend UVA. 

writes: "Oldest son Martin graduated 
from the Naval Academy, is stationed in 
San Diego, and getting married in 
November. Second son Camilo attends 
Cornell and was in Beijing for the 
spring semester. I traveled to China in 
May, teach at Smith College, and have 
one son at home, Julian, 15" 


writes: "RK. and I celebrated our 24th 
wedding anniversary in July. Our sons 
Chris and Stephen are both in senior 
high. Chris attends the Webb School 
in Bell Buckle TN and plans to attend 
college this fall. Stephen is a rising 
junior at Southside High School here in 
Fort Smith AR." 


Columbia SC writes: "My son Clayton 
graduated magna cum laudeUom 
Washington and Lee last year. My 
daughter Emily is a sophomore at UNC- 
Chapel Hill, and my son Drew is a 
freshman at a local high school." 

RUTH LUOMA Fenstermacher of 

Gloucester VA reports that daughter 
Katie is a freshman at Mary Baldwin. 

ELYSA MADDOX Montgomery writes: 

"Living in Decatur IL 12 years now and 
working at a community pediatric clinic 
as an RN. I love my job! Our oldest, 
Nathan, is a pilot. Tim lives with us and 
works at the farmer's market, and Mary 
Margaret is a rising sophomore at Butler 
University. My husband, Jim, is pastor 
at First Presbyterian Church in Decatur. 
We met on a blind date at MBC!" 


Lenexa KS writes: "Enjoying life of an 
empty nester. Matt, 26, is in Denver; 
Beth, 23, is in Chicago; and Brian, 23, is 
here in Kansas City." 

HELEN PLUMMER Lee of Huntsville 
AL received her master's in library sci- 
ence in August 2002 from the University 
of Alabama inTuscaloosa. Daughter 
Annie, 24, is finishing her master's, son 
Tom, 23, completed a four-year tour in 
Force Recon with the U.S. Marines, and 
daughter Catharine, 20, is a junior at 
Judson College in Marion AL. Husband 
Fred is a management consultant with 
SAIL. "We're all great!" 


Richmond VA writes: "Still an oddball. 
Bruce and I celebrated our 23rd wed- 
ding anniversary May 17. We enjoy 
hiking through the mountains." 

GEORGIA ROBERT Draucker of York 
PA writes: "I'm teaching first grade in 
Glen Rock PA. My son will attend Penn 
State this fall. My daughter is a rising 
junior in high school. She's been in the 
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and 
performed with the GreaterYork Ballet 
in the Nutcracker in 2002. Bob man- 
ages the Country Club of York." 

ANNE STERN Gallagher of 

Wilmington DE is a public affairs spe- 
cialist for Social Security. Daughter 
Megan graduated from Wheaton 
College, and younger daughter Sarah 
attends Dickinson College. 




How can you thank those whose love, 
support, and ideas helped to shape your 
character, your values, your very life? 

For information about memorial opportunities 
at Mary Baldwin College, call or write: 

Martha Masters '69, Director of Capital Support and Gift Planning 

Mary Baldwin College 

Staunton, VA 24401 


birth to Matthew Bowen Orne 
September 17, 2002. She and husband 
Jon are also parents to Meredith, 2. 
They live in Richmond VA, where Jon is 
an attorney and Susan "has finally 
become a stay-at-home mom, fre- 
quently mistaken for the ever so 
helpful grandmother (and relishing 
every minute of it)!" 

SHARON KEYS Seal of Baltimore MD 
is an executive coach and writes, "I 
love my work! " Sharon has two sons: a 
rising senior at Yale and a rising sopho- 
more at the University of Texas. 


MARY ANN NABER of Leesburg VA 
writes: "After 10 years with the 
President's Advisory Council on 
Historic Preservation, I am now the 
federal historic preservation officer for 
the Federal Highway Administration." 


JANE CHAPLIN Jones of Austin TX 
writes: "I'm still managing a 2,000-acre 
cattle ranch. It was a beautiful spring. 
The horses were frisky, calves were 
frolicking, and the goats were fat and 
happy! Lots of fun, lots of work!" 

DEBORAH CLIFTON Vanderlander of 

Lilburn GA has a 16-year-old daughter 
and twins, who are 20. One attends 
Radford University, and the other is at 
Davidson College. 

1979 (Reunion) 

SUSAN GORDON Rosen writes: "My 
husband Michael and I recently moved 
to a new house in Falls Church VA, 
seven minutes from his veterinary clin- 
ic. We've enjoyed putting in a new 
garden this past spring." 


Robbinsville NJ writes: "Heather is a 
junior at The Peddic School in 
Hightstown NJ. College is coming 
soon! Kenny is a freshman at The Hun 
School in Princeton. Where has time 


DisputantaVA writes: "I'm staying 
busy, as usual. Son Chris is driving 
now, daughter Rebecca is a rising 
eighth grader, and husband McLane is 
staying busy with Philip Morris." 


SUSAN WALKER Scola of Potomac 
MD teaches art to grades K-4 four 
days a week and works one day at the 
Folger Shakespeare Library as assis- 
tant to the Andrew Mellon curator of 
books. It has given her the opportuni- 
ty to help with exhibitions, including 
one on Elizabeth I. 

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writes "I |Oined a Northern Virginia 
telecommunications company, Beyond 
the Network America, as vice presi- 
dent, general counsel in October 2002. 
I'm still living in Herndon VA with my 
husband John and two children 
Maggie, 1 1 , and Jack, 9. Jack is autis- 
tic, and we are deeply entrenched in a 
behavioral-based education program, 
so I'm finding my experiences as a psy- 
chology major at MBC more useful 
than I ever imagined" 


ANNE BROYLES Proctor of 

Birmingham AL writes: "I'm a very 
busy mother of three: Brooks, 14, 
Burns, 11, and Lane, 8. In my spare 
time. I am an artist and show my work 
in a local gallery" 


a 17-year-old son Jonathan Lisa 
works as a disability specialist for 
Social Security 

JILL JOHNSON Horton of Columbia 
SC enpys her work with international 
children teaching English as a second 
language. She writes: "Husband Bob 
and I are in the process of adopting a 
baby girl from China. Spent last sum- 
mer studying Spanish in Merida, 
Mexico, and on a missions trip to 

ELIZABETH KAY Dunn of Richmond 
VA writes: "I'm a stay-at-home mom. 
Jim and I have two children: Jamie, 15, 
and Sarah, 12 I live right across the 
street from classmate KATHRYN 


Alexandria VA writes: "Having fun 
with my 5-year-old twins, Charlotte 
and Walter" 

works with the Therapeutic Riding 
Program at Chastain Horse Park in 
Atlanta. An article entitled "The 
momentary melding of beauty and 
beast taps at your soul" in The Atlanta 
Journal-Constitution reads "Denise 
began by cobbing stalls. Now she does 
public relations and is a walking, talking 
testimonial for the benefits of horse 
therapy." The riding program benefits 
those with attention deficit disorder, 
mental retardation, depression, cere- 
bral palsy, autism, Down Syndrome, 
brain injuries, and other mental and 
physical disabilities. On April 5, Denise 
won two blue ribbons at CHP's first 
Jerry Cates Memorial Therapeutic 
Riding Horse Show. 

THERESA ROTHE Witcher of Daleville 
VA hiked the 2.168-mile Appalachian 
Trail in 2002 with husband Homer, 
daughter Taylor, 11, and son Bennett, 8. 

SHEILA YOUNG of Greer SC writes: 
"Bruce and I are finalizing plans on our 
new boat. It will be a 1996 Schooner. 
We will continue chartering in the 
Bahamas and running fall trips out of 

1984 (Reunion) 

GA writes: "I work full time as a 
social worker for the Department of 
Family and Children Services in 
Paulding County GA I'm the pianist at 
Seney Baptist, teach Sunday school, 
and volunteer with my son's Cub 
Scout pack for which I've been a 
leader the past four years. I am 
divorced and raising my son, Jeffry 
Whyte, 10, who is amazing. I keep in 
touch with several MBC alumnae. 
Thanks, MBC, for being what I needed" 


Charlotte NC was recognized in June 
2002 for 15 years of service as a phar- 
macist with CVS 

AMY LAWLER Holloway, who 
teaches English at Middle 
Georgia Technical College, has 
been named Georgia's teacher of 
the year and given the state's 
award for excellence in technical 
instruction. Holloway, who lives in 
Macon, received $1,000, was 
asked to address the Georgia 
General Assembly, and was des- 
ignated state representative for 
technical instruction. 


writes "In December 2002, I took a 
new position in the corporate IT securi- 
ty department at Raytheon as a 
specialist in intelligence and analysis. 
Moved to New Hampshire three years 
ago and love it! I live here with my two 
cats, Nick and Monty." 


LISA CARR Hogarth of Orlando FL cel- 
ebrated 13 years of marriage to Bill in 
August. She writes: "Enioying our home 
in Orlando, gardening, and decorative 
painting Very busy at work with Hughes 
Supply's Shared Services in its new cor- 
porate office." 

JUDY FINCH Harper of Tremont PA 
has been busy updating electric and 
water utilities on her campground, 
Echo Valley, which she has owned for 
five years 

TERESA PLANK of Elizabeth City NC 
announces her engagement to Michael 
Jago of Newcastle. England. 



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Fairfax VA has two children: Lydia, 5, 
and Ben, 2. "Busy mom!" 

named site coordinator for the 21st 
Century Grant given to Pepperell 
Elementary School in Lindale GA. She'll 
be in charge of the after-school care 
program, a reading and math improve- 
ment program, and developing a family 
literacy program. Rebecca spent the 
last 16 years teaching seventh and 
eighth grades at Pepperell Middle 
School in Lindale. 

SUSAN EVERLY Cummings of 

Bnstow VA is a second-grade teacher 
at All Saints Catholic School, a graduate 
student at Marymount University, and 
married with two daughters: Alexandra, 
12, and Judith, 9. 


Huntington MD started her own busi- 
ness making and selling lotions, balms, 
soaps and herbal products. Susan sells 
her products at the Calvert Country 
Market in Prince Frederick MD. 


LISA DRESSLER Garst of Salem VA is 
a columnist for the Blue Ridge 
Business Journal and does freelance 
writing and Web design. Daughter 
Ashby is 2 and has a great sense of 
humor. Lisa and husband Reid teach 
senior high Sunday school. 

1989 (Reunion) 

INGRID ERICKSON Vax and husband 
Joe from Fairfax VA announce the birth 
of first child Jack Joseph Vax, born May 7 


TRACEY CRONIN Watson and hus- 
band Pete of Richmond VA celebrated 
the birth of daughter Mary Virginia 
"Scout" Watson February 11 Scout 
was welcomed home by big brother 
Pete, 2. 

KATE SHUNNEY and husband Jeff 
Junch of Berkeley Springs WV visited 
with fellow MBC grads at the October 
2002 wedding of ELIZABETH "LIZ" 
BENDER Morgan to Michael Morgan 
in Nashville TN. Other alumnae present 


RENEE AUGER Maddux married 
Andrew Maddux of KingsportTN June 
27 1998. They live in Orlando FL and 
are proud parents of daughter 
Heather, born December 3, 2001. 

ALITIA CROSS of South Riding VA 
continues to work as an interior 
designer with Mastercraft Interiors in 
Fairfax VA. 


continues to live in Raleigh NC, where 
she is a private practice pediatrician 
Nikki and husband Michael are par- 
ents to Amelia. 4 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

Zuhowski writes: "Greetings from 
Rhode Island. The Navy has shipped us 
out to a new duty station, and we are 
slowly getting settled into our home 
here in Tiverton." 

MARY HUGHES Hawkins and hus- 
band Erik of Alexandria VA celebrated 
the birth of son Luke Sumner Hawkins 
January 23. Luke was welcomed home 
by big sister Anya, 2. Mary writes: " I 
love being a stay-at-home mom. ELIZ- 
ABETH 'LIZ' EVERLY Cox '93 lives in 
the area, and we get together often 
with our little ones for play dates." 

LEIGH LISSARD teaches preschool at 
Truman Montesson in Layfette LA, 
where she resides, and was voted 
teacher of the year for Truman 
Elementary in spring 2002. 

ALISON SHIPREK Kemper and hus- 
band Hamilton of Louisville KY share 
the news of the birth of first child Ellie 
Frances Kemper March 5. 

MARGARET STOWE Dewey and hus- 
band George welcomed the birth of son 
George Steele Dewey V May 17 2002. 

Connolly and husband Paul of Dallas 
TX had a daughter, Anna Carroll 
Connolly, April 8. "We are so thrilled, 
and she is so great!" 

TIFFANYTAYLOR Stroud and husband 
Ralph of Goldsboro NC celebrated the 
birth of second son Mitchell Taylor 
Stroud September 23, 2002. 


MICHELE ALLEN Angelo and husband 
Bob have a little boy, Anthony Mario, 1. 
Michele writes: "I'm a stay-at-home 
mom. and we live in Chesterfield 
County VA." 

BRITTNEY HALL Gill runs her own 
business, Medtextile. She and husband 
Matthew live in Colonial Heights VA. 


Schaumburg IL became engaged to 
Trae Howell March 28, their one-year 
anniversary, and were planning a 
September wedding in League City.TX. 
Christy andTrae met through work and 
have been friends for three years. She 
writes: "I can't wait to begin our life 


Hendersonville NC writes: "I'm a stay- 
at-home mother to three wonderful 
children: Young, 5, Hamrick, 2, and 
McCollough, 10 months. I teach 
Kindermusik in our community." 


Jackson MS was invited to be artist in 
residence at Belhaven College, mentor- 
ing students and sharing her 
professional life as a working artist. 

LISA NICHOLS Hickman of Tucson AZ 
reports that daughter Leah Kristine is 1. 

ELIZABETH SMITH Koleszar and hus- 
band William of Decatur GA welcomed 
the birth of first child Caroline Elizabeth 
February 23. Elizabeth is "greatly enjoy- 
ing her new adventure into 


Sean Stanton were married in October 
2002 and live in Monterery VA, Crysta's 
hometown. She works for The 
Recorder, a local newspaper whose 
staff won its fourth consecutive Virginia 
Press Association Award for 
Community Service and Journalistic 
Integrity. Crysta recently worked on a 
story about the Civil War Battle of 
McDowell that centered on an acqain- 
tance between a wounded soldier who 
recovered at a local estate and a young 
lady who lived down the road. Through 
her research, she met MBC alumna 
MIRIAM BUCKLES Helman '47, who 
owns an antique memory book that 
belonged to her grandmother, Irene 
Hull, the young lady in the story. Crysta 
and Miriam made a fast friendship. 
Crysta writes: "Even with living in a 
very rural and isolated part of Virginia, I 
have found MBC connections every- 

SUSAN TEAM Galloway of Nellysford 
VA celebrated her 10th wedding 
anniversary July 24. She and husband 
David are parents to son Peyton, 6. 

ASHLEY WIETERS Redmond and hus- 
band Mark of Charleston SC are 
parents to John Andrew, 1. Ashley 
writes: "I am a case manager with 
Lowcountry Aids Services, and Mark is 
an attorney with his own practice. I 
attended MBC for only one year (1989- 
90), but would love to get back in 
contact with some old friends." 


LISA DOERING of Oviedo FL writes: "I 
became engaged to James Quinby 
Page III. He is a 1992 Georgia Tech 
graduate and is employed as a senior 
systems engineer with SAIC, where I 
also work as a senior human resource 
specialist and senior technical recruiter. 
A spring 2004 wedding is planned, and 
we're building a new home in Oviedo." 


Christopher Andrew Ogden were mar- 
ried November 23, 2002, at Highland 
Presbyterian Church in Dallas. The cou- 
ple enjoyed a honeymoon in Maui. 
Garnett is special events coordinator 
for Golden Distributing Company, and 
Chris is in residential real estate for D. 
R. Horton. In attendance were class- 
Russell, and bridesmaids MARY 
Reid, and ELIZABETH ANN Morgan 

LUCIA MORGAN Saperstein and hus- 
band Adam of Bremerton WA 
celebrated the birth of son Noah 
Morgan Saperstein February 9. 

SONJA SPARKS Smith and husband 
K.G. of Reedville VA celebrated the 
birth of daughter Margaret Olivia Smith 
October 23, 2002. 

Saunders moved to Marietta GA, 
where husband Tom is an investment 
banker with a firm in Buckhead. Liz 
continues to stay home with twin sons 
George and Walter, 1. 



SHARON DINGLER Guglielmini and 

husband Tim of Ewa Beach HI celebrat- 
ed the arrival of son Harrison Glen 
Guglielmini February 5. Harrison was 
born atTripler Army Medical Center in 



writes: "My husband, Mike, and I wel- 
comed our first child, James Henry 
"Jamie," into the world September 15, 
2002. He is so much fun and being par- 
ents is such a joy! " Michele and her 
family live in Richmond VA. 

SILVERMAN Sprenkle of Gainesville 
FL married Taylor Sprenkle May 17 in 
Richmond VA. Classmates SUZAN- 
"LEIGH" WHITT League were brides- 
maids, with JENNIFER WALKER and 
attending. Beth's mother is MARY 

SUSAN SMITH of Wayne NJ became 
engaged to John R Alsdorf of Allendale 
NJ in September 2002. The couple pur- 
chased a home in January and were 
planning an October wedding. 

FAITH ANDREWS and Christopher 
Johnson of Westerville OH welcomed 
the birth of son Christopher David 
Johnson Jr. April 28. 

EMILY BARRA Leffler and Tom Leffler 
were married March 15 in Houston TX 
where they reside. 

AMY BOWDEN Muir writes: "My hus- 
band Josh and I and two daughters: 
Emma, 2, and Abbey, 5 months, are liv- 
ing in Charlottesville VA. I am a 
manager in clinical operations at PRA 
International. All is well." 

DACRIE BROOKS of Annapolis MD 
worked with Euro RSCG Middleberg in 
New York and was hired in March as a 
senior account executive by Crosby 
Marketing Communications of 

KATHRYN CLARY Angus and husband 
Jason of Richmond VA welcomed the 
birth of daughter Mae Wallace Angus 
September 10. 2002. 

ERIN GRUMBACH Loving writes: 
"New career, new house, new dog, and 
new husband! I married Lenny Loving 
May 17 and am working at Tectonics II 
custom home builders in Wintergreen 
VA. We moved into a new home in 
Shipman VA and enjoy our mastiff 
puppy, Daizi. Have a lot more time on 
my hands. Looking to enjoy life more!" 

The Alumnae/i Association is ... 

■ MBC graduates 

■ Former MBC students who attended 
one semester or longer 

■ More than 12,000 members 

The association is led by a board of directors — 
representative alumnae/i who meet twice a year, 
supporting the college with activities and pro- 
jects and contributions to the Annual Fund. 
Become a candidate for board membership or 
pass along the name of someone else. Notify the 
Office of Alumnae/i Activities: 1-800-763-7359 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

from Washington and Lee School of 
Law May 11. 


Fredericksburg VA writes: "Finally, the 
much-awaited arrival of Jacob Reilly 
Dunn May 2 at 8:55 a.m. He has beauti- 
ful black hair (remember. I'm part 
Italian, so this is not as strange as you 
might think) and dark eyes that look 
green or brown at times. He also has 
dimples on both cheeks just to make 
sure no one doubts Dan is his father i " 

McCandlish and husband Scott of 
Blacksburg VA welcomed the birth of 
daughter Maia Caroline McCandllish 
March 20, 2003 

TENEA WATSON is now Dr. Watson. 
She successfully defended her disserta- 
tion at the University of Rochester in 
New York State and was granted a 
Ph D in toxicology. 

AMYWOOLSTON Hinkle and husband 
Robert of Glasgow VA had a son, 
Alexander Lawton Hinkle, October 22, 

KIM YOUNG Ja of Joongang Heights 
Villa in Seoul, Korea, writes: "I'm 
enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Korea 
University in Seoul. I also run an art 
gallery. Ram Art Bazaar, in the 
Intercontinental Hotel" 

1999 (Reunion) 

PAULA EVANS Pilgrim and husband 
Captain Wes Pilgrim, USMC, had a 
daughter, Morgan Rae, November 19, 
2002 They are stationed in Meridian MS 

CHANDA HOFFMAN Poole and hus- 
band Jason welcomed the birth of 
daughter Emily Marie January 4 The 
family resides in EdinburgVA. 

married John William Whetzel II July 12. 
Courtney is a pharmaceutical sales rep- 
resentative for Ortho McNeil 

TIFFANY MARTIN of Indianapolis IN 
writes: "I've presented papers at four 
conferences, received a service award 
for my department, and graduated from 
Indiana University with an MA in 
applied sociology with an emphasis in 
medicine." She starts in a doctoral pro- 
gram at the University of California at 
San Francisco this fall. 

HEATHER SPEIRS Casey of Prince 
George VA passed her national exam 
and is now licensed to practice veteri- 
nary medicine in Virginia. 

writes: "I am an attorney working in 
Washington DC for the IRS Office of 
Chief Council. I am also doing pro bono 
work with an MBC '00 graduate doing 
international adoptions." 

A Big Tha 

nks to Our Volunteers! 

(Do You See Your Name Here?) 

Mary Baldwin thanks these volunteers for their hard work and devotion to the college. We encourage 

you to volunteer — to present a 

3ailey Scholarship to an incoming freshman (our highest honor), award 

an acceptance to a new member of the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership, attend a college fair 

(we provide all materials), or refer to us a prospective student (who pays no application fee if suggest- 

ed by an alumna or an alumnus: 

. It's an easy and especially satisfying way to help MBC. Contact Ryn 

Bruce '99, director of volunteers or 1-800-763-7359. 


Jane Kornegay '83 

JaneTownes '69 

Bailey Scholarships 

Williamsburg, VA 


And VWIL Acceptances 

Don Akerman '92 

Pat Lamberth Bruce 71 

Brig Gen. N. Michael Bissell, 

Arlington, VA 

White Stone, VA 

VWIL commandant of cadets 

Amy Griffith Berra '96 

Pam Leigh Anderson '84 

Lexington, VA 

Hummelstown, PA 

Jefferson, GA 

Karen Parker, MBC admissions 

Yaminah Casey Williams '96 

Angela Favata Week '89 


Richmond, VA 

Tampa, FL 

Fishersville, VA 

Jennifer Estes '98 

Jennifer Colson '99 

Julia Johnston Belton '49 

Lynchburg, VA 

Atlanta, GA 

Melbourne, FL 

Katharine Hoge Koelsch '98 

Tiffany Richter '99 

Betty Anne Harrell Kyle '49 

South Riding, VA 

Atlanta, GA 

Suffolk, VA 

Lisa Moose '98 ADP 

Erlme Griffin Eason '52 

Blacksburg, VA 


Midlothian, VA 

Ramona David '99 

Annie Veney, MBC food service 
Karen Schenck, ADP 

Lorna CowleWass '52 

Gaithersburg, MD 

Robin Crimbley, MAT 

Gloucester, VA 

Tiffany Martin '99 

Marguerite Hall White '40 

Shannon Greene Mitchell '57 

Indianapolis, IN 

Harriet Angier Kuhn '41 

Greensboro, NC 

Ubah Ansari Pathan '99 

Betsy Berry Williamson '48 

Patty Liebert Riddick '61 

Manassas, VA 

Nancy Dunbar '60 

Yorktown, VA 

Greta Winn '99 

Susan Jennings Denson '62 
Martha Murchison Strickland '64 

Ann Lee Alexander Cook '62 

Richmond, VA 

Carol Emory '65 

Rocky Mount, VA 

Mary Ooten '00 

Sue McDowell Whitlock '67 

Susan Sale Luck '63 

Evington, VA 

Catherine Gladden Schultz 71 

Severna Park, MD 

Carol Delbndge '66 
Penacook, NH 

Windsor Hall '02 
Spotsylvania, VA 

Barbara Knisely Roberts 73 
Lindsey Ryland 73 
Leigh Yates Farmer 74 
Melissa Rhodes McCue 77 

Charlotte Clark Evers '66 

College Fairs 

Sarah Way Speaker 79 

Fredericksburg, VA 

Martin Favata, former parent 

Fleet Roberts '81 

Martha Blake Rex '68 

Tampa, FL 

Jane Kornegay '83 

Williamsburg, VA 

Robert "Pete" Barr Keplinger, 

Pam Leigh Anderson '84 

former parent 

Theresa Hall Atwell '84 

Linda Hite Durbm '69 

Canton, OH 

Renee Olander '84 

Shippensburg, PA 

Heather Shuman Fox '96 

Lindsay Jones '69 

EmmeWmgate Hawn '50 
Erie, PA 

Mindy Wyttenbach-Lindsey '97 

Warrenton, VA 

Sabrina Mink DeVincenzo '99 

Minta McDiarmid Nixon '63 

Sarah Mitchell '01 

Blanche Wysor Anderson 72 
Alexandria, VA 

Augusta, GA 

Kerry Blekfeld '02 

Nancy Yates Woodall '66 

Christina Jurach '03 

Angelme Butler 72 

Charleston, WV 

Linda DeBerardmis '04 

Greenbelt, MD 

Sarah Jane Engel '04 

Sallie Stallworth Sebrell 73 

Sue McDowell Whitlock '67 

CarynWoolley '04ADP 

Suffolk, VA 

Lansdale, PA 

Lanae Hawkins '06 

Clarke Stanley Beckner 76 

Cynthia Knight Wier '68 
Houston, TX 

Martinsville, VA 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

GRETA WINN of Richmond VA reports 
that her mother was diagnosed with 
MS in March 2002. Greta and several 
other MBC alumnae walked together in 
Richmond on the "For Carolyn Team" in 
honor of her mother April 15. Greta 
writes: "Mary Baldwin allowed me to 
meet these special friends that I will 
have for a lifetime." 


KELLY BAUGHAN graduated from law 
school in May and married in August. 

ANGELA DANCY Peterson of 

Baltimore MD became assistant direc- 
tor of the preschool where she 
teaches. Her day is divided between 
the classroom and the office. 

graduated from nursing school in May 
with a BSN and is interning as a labor 
and delivery nurse. Daughter Amaya 
turned 3 in May. 


Richmond VA writes: "Dental school 
has been going well at VCU/MCV. 
Looking forward to the upcoming clini- 
cal stage of my curriculum. Husband 
Michael has been stationed in 
Okinawa, Japan, since June 2002, and 
we've been looking forward to his safe 
return home this fall." 

MARY HUSTON was appointed pro- 
ject manager of the Savannah Music 
Festival. She and fiancee Steven 
Mousourakis reside in Savannah GA. 


husband Scott, VMI '87, of 
Mechanicsville VA "had a beautiful 
baby daughter on October 7 2002. Her 
name is Madeline Dey Jackson." 



Richmond VA writes: "I'm a high school 
biology and oceanography teacher in 
Hanover VA, and I also work part time 
at a lab as a microbiologist. I became 
engaged to the infamous Jimmy 
Myers, and we plan to get married 
March 27 2004, in Richmond. I hope all 
my Mary Baldwin girls are doing all 
right and enjoying life as much as I 

ANNA GILKEY of Lynchburg VA teach- 
es fifth grade for Lynchburg city 
schools. Anna purchased a house this 
year and writes: "No husband, no 
roommates. Just two dogs." 

KARA HUGHES of Staunton VA was 
featured in a March 2003 article in 
Staunton's Daily News Leader about for- 
mer female basketball players who stay 
active in their sport by officiating at 
games. Kara played basketball for three 
years at Mary Baldwin, and upon gradu- 
ating, "became fascinated with the idea 
of becoming an official." Now in her sec- 
ond year of officiating for the Valley 

Basketball Officials Association, Kara 
says of her experience: "It is a continual 
battle to become better, never to think 
you have reached the top, but always to 
take something away with you from 
each game." The article says: "When 
women first entered the profession, 
there was the stigma to overcome of 
not being able to do what men could. 
But women are fast casting this stigma 
aside and are working on professional, 
collegiate, and high school levels with 

ERIN KNOCKE Collins of Blacksburg 
VA married Sean Collins June 14 in 
Lexington VA. Erin teaches fifth grade 
in Blacksburg, and Sean, a VMI gradu- 
ate, is a naval aviator stationed in 
Jacksonville FL. 


Richmond VA married Louis Gifford 
January 3 in Orange VA. Louis, VMI '01, 
is a law student at UVA. Attending their 
wedding were classmates ELIZABETH 

TARA PERROW of Concord VA has 
been working as a behavior specialist 
for two years. "I love working with chil- 
dren and seeing what a positive 
influence I can be on their lives. 
Everything is going well, but I miss my 
girls from MBC!" 

ALLYSONTEEVAN writes: "I've been 
employed with Historic Manassas Inc. 
for the past year as marketing director 
for Old Town Manassas, VA. What a 
job! I worked with the mayor and mer- 
chants, and was on TV once a month. 
What a resume builder! In working 
there, I also met my fiancee, Trevor 
Amodeo, whom I moved to Montreal 
with. We'll be there through the sum- 
mer, and will then move to 
Philadelphia. We're planning a wedding 
for February 14, 2004, in Northern 


Beach FL was featured on the Mary 
Kay Cosmetics Web site in January. 
"Finding a Cure: Meet Velocity Girl 
Giannina" is an interview with 
Giannina on such topics as her work 
as a cellular molecular biologist at the 
University of Virginia Cardiovascular 
Research Center, her breast-cancer 
research, her personal philosophy, and 
makeup style. 

WINDSOR HALL Johnson married 
Scott Johnson, VMI '00, July 19. 
Classmate MOLLY MAHONEY was 
maid of honor, classmate EMILY 
DIXON was a bridesmaid, and class- 
attended the ceremony. Windsor and 
Scott reside in Centerville VA, where 
she continues to teach for Stafford 
County schools. 

viewed for an article in the January 25 

Staunton News Leader. Katherine is a 
member of the 222nd Support 
Attachment, 29th Infantry Division 
(Light), a Army unit specializing in 
maintaining water supplies, particular- 
ly in arid climates. Families and friends 
of the departing soldiers met at the 
Tomas D. Howie Memorial Armory in 
Staunton to send off those bound for 
Fort Bragg and then "points beyond." 
According to the article, Katherine 
joined the National Guard not so much 
for the extra money but "for something 
different, an adventure." Katherine said: 
"The hardest part is saying goodbye, 
but I think this will be good for me." 
Mother Barbara Koontz said of her 
daughter: "She's just incredible. The 
strength that she has is amazing." 

Heights VA writes: "Hello to all my 
MBC sisters! Just wanted to let 
everyone know I've gotten engaged to 
Jason Cannon. We'll get married in 
May 2005. Also, I was promoted to 
manager of Kay Jewelers at Southpark 
Mall in Colonial Heights. I hope every- 
one is doing well." 

MELISSA WRIGHT Aleshire and 

Derrick Wayne Aleshire of Crimora VA 
were married October 13, 2002, at the 
the Greenstone Overlook on the Blue 
Ridge Parkway Melissa is an advertis- 
ing account executive with the 
Shenandoah Valley Observer. Derrick 
is employed as a dispatch manager for 
Lawrence Transportation Systems and 
is an active member of the Army 
National Guard, Company C, Second 
Battalion Infantry, stationed in Cuba. 



HOLLY MOSKOWITZ has published a 
book, Finding Falafel. chiefly about her 
time in Israel as a student and about 
people she met. Daniel Metraux, chair 
of the MBC Department of Foreign 
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, 
wrote the forward. Holly lives and 
works in Israel. 




Charlottesville VA announces the birth 
of second great-granddaughter 
Hayden, born April 11 in Boulder CO to 
granddaughter Michelle Peper and 
husband Chris. 


PATRICIA GOMEZ Lynch and Joseph 
George Lynch were married July 27 
2002, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church 
in Harrisonburg VA. Patricia received a 
master's of science in social work from 
the University of Tennessee, and is a 
resident services manager at Virginia 
Mennonite Retirement Center in 

KELLY DOWNER of Troy VA works part 
time as a marketing director for her 
family's business Downer Realty. Kelly 
is starting a photography business 
while staying at home with son 
Landon, 2. "Life is grand!" 


New BraunfelsTX received her doctor 
of veterinary medicine degree from 
Texas A&M University College of 
Veterinary Medicine May 9. Jennifer 
and husband Sean also celebrated the 
birth of daughter Jessica Noel 
December 22, 2002. 


LENI SORENSEN of Crozet VA is 
working to complete her doctorate in 
American studies from the College of 
William and Mary. Leni is director of 
the Reynolds Homestead, a historic 
house museum and continuing educa- 
tion center owned by Virginia Tech. 
Husband Kip is building a new house to 
replace their 100-year-old farmhouse 
that burned to the ground just before 
Christmas 2000. Eldest son Kierk owns 
New World Stone Company, a source 
of Virginia soapstone for architectural, 
landscaping and art use throughout the 


DUSTIN WELLS of San Francisco CA 
attends graduate school at New 
College of California, working toward 
his master's in fine arts in writing and 
consciousness. Dustin volunteers with 
Food Not Bombs, feeding the home- 
less and anti-war protesters. 


JUDY MOORE of Wylliesburg VA con- 
tinues to work in public relations and 
serve as a guide for the Central High 
Museum at Charlotte Court House. 
Two articles promoting the museum 
were published this year in The County 
Chronicles of Keysville VA. Her poems 
"Ujamani" and "Battered" were per- 
formed and published in a local church 
and newspaper. 


DAWN BRADSHAW and husband 
Keith had a daughter, Julia Ann- 
Mackenzie, August 26, 2002. Dawn 
earned her master's of science in bioin- 
formatics from George Mason 
University in January. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 


TONI BALDWIN '60 to Robert Cammack, 
December 6. 2002 

PATRICIA GOMEZ '85 to Joseph George Lynch. 
July 27. 2002 

GARNETT CLYMER '95 to Christopher Andrew 
Ogden. November 23. 2002 


Taylor Sprenkle, May 17, 2003 

EMILY BARRA '98 to Tom Leffler, March 15, 2003 

ERIN GRUMBACH '98 to Lenny Loving, 
May 17 2003 

ERIN KNOCKE '01 to Sean Collins, June 14. 2003 

GINGER PAYTON '01 to Louis Gifford. 
January 3. 2003 

MELISSA WRIGHT '02 to Derrick Wayne Aleshire, 
October 13. 2002 

WINDSOR HALL '02 to Scott Johnson. 
July 19, 2003 


SUSAN BICKERSTAFF Ome '75 and Jon: a son, 
Matthew Bowen, September 17 2002 

INGRID ERICKSON Vax '89 and Joe: a son, Jack 
Joseph, May 7 2003 

JENNIFER HOFMEISTER Halberg '90 and Sean: a 
daughter, Jessica Noel, December 22, 2002 

TRACEY CRONIN Watson '91 and Pete a daughter, 
Mary Virginia "Scout," February 11, 2003 

MARY HUGHES Hawkins '92 and Erik: a son, Luke 
Sumner, January 23, 2003 

ALISON SHIPREK Kemper '92 and Hamilton a 
daughter, Ellie Frances, March 5, 2003 

MARGARET STOWE Dewey '92 and George: a 
son, George Steele V, May 17 2002 

CARROLL "SQUEAKY" SUGGS Connolly '92 and 

Paul: a daughter, Anna Carroll, April 8, 2002 

TIFFANY TAYLOR Stroud '92 and Ralph a son, 
Mitchell Taylor, September 23, 2003 

ELIZABETH SMITH Koleszar '93 and William: a 
daughter, Caroline Elizabeth. 
February 23, 2003 

LUCIA MORGAN Saperstein '95 and Adam: a son, 
Noah Morgan, February 9, 2003 

SONJA SPARKS Smith '95 and KG: a daughter, 
Margaret Olivia, October 23, 2002 

SHARON DINGLER Guglielmini '96 and Tim: a 
son, Harrison Glen, February 5, 2003 

MICHELE LASTOVICA Bronnenberg '97 and Mike 
a son, James Henry "Jamie," 
September 15, 2002 

FAITH ANDREWS '98 and Christopher Johnson: a 
son. Christopher David Jr., April 28, 2003 

KATHRYN CLARY Angus '98 and Jason: a daughter, 
Mae Wallace, September 10, 2002 

SARA MACKEY Dunn '98 and Dan: a son, Jacob 
Reilly, May 2, 2003 


and Scott: a daughter, Maia Caroline, 
March 20, 2003 

AMYWOOLSTON Hinkle '98 and Robert: a son, 
Alexander Lawton, October 22, 2002 

PAULA EVANS Pilgrim '99 and Wes: a daughter, 
Morgan Rae, November 19, 2002 

CHANDA HOFFMAN Poole '99 and Jason: a daugh- 
ter, Emily Marie, January 4. 2003 

DAWN BRADSHAW '00 and Keith: a daughter, Julia 
Ann-Mackenzie, August 26. 2002 

COURTNEY MARTIN Jackson '00 and Scott: a 
daughter, Madeline Dey, October 7 2002 


LEWIS DRAPER Moir '28 March 12, 2003 
ANITA BERNIE Burrows '29, August 20. 2002 
JANE BARNES Ruffin '35, March 29, 2003 
ANN BRADFORD Train, AUGUST 17, 2003 
DOROTHY WALLNER Skuse '36 March 6, 2003 
VIRGINIA GANTT Kendig '37. February 5. 2003 
JANE PUGH Cuspilich '42. April 21, 2003 
SYLVIA FINLEY Willis '45, April 15. 2003 
ALICE "JEAN "TAYLOR Houser "48, April 6, 2003 
ELEANOR TOWNES Leath '50. March 23. 2003 
KATHRYN HOOKS Ligon '63, September 22, 2001 
GWENDOLYN BLACK Bishop '65. April 30, 2003 
NANCY COUCH Lee '67, March 8, 2003 
LAURIE FELVEY Adams '80, June 7. 2003 


March 19, 2003 

DELORESANN ADKINS '92. May 13, 2003 
JAMES KAVANAUGH '93, February 3, 2001 


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1968 classmates Lonna Dole Harkrader, Betty Jolley Kobiashvili and Caroline Smith Morton. 

Vietnam and the Peace Corps: 
No, It Wasn't the Grand Tour 

By Marisol Euceda '04 

THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, three Mary Baldwin College graduates set out to experience the 
world. They left MBC with the desire to travel, help others, and accomplish what few women had. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

Lonna Dole Harkrader, Elizabeth 
"Betty" Jolley Kobiashvili, and 

Caroline Smith Morton, all in the 
Class of 1968, did not know just 
how much they would influence and 
enrich their own lives and those of 

Harkrader, a French major, 
joined the Peace Corps and went to 
Africa for two years. She became 
interested in the Peace Corps after 
studying abroad her junior year. She 
taught English in an Ethiopian sec- 
ondary school, where she established 
a library, and taught French to high 
school students and adults in Ghana. 
In Ghana, she revitalized a high 
school library and trained a student 
librarian. In Togo, West Africa, she 
taught French and helped in a school 
construction pro- 

Involved with 
innovative and non- 
profit housing 
through the Housing 
Center and the 
Foundation for 
Cooperative Housing Lo 
in Washington, D.C., she later 
teamed up with her husband, 
Richard, to start New Morning Solar 
Realty in Durham, North Carolina, 
to build solar homes and apartments, 
which she manages. 

Harkrader, the mother of two, 
has an ecotourism business, which 
helps the people of San Ramon, 
Nicaragua. Residents of the area 
have created businesses that supply 
services to the tourists such as 
accommodations, cooking classes, 
and naturalists who serve as guides. 

"We try to encourage interac- 
tion and try to educate tourists and 
the people in our communities 
about the sociopolitical forces at 
play in Nicaragua," said Harkrader. 

Harkrader coordinates congre- 
gations in Durham to form 
sister-community relationships with 

San Ramon and other towns in 
Nicaragua. Harkrader is a member 
of Durham Witness for Peace, whic 
helps churches develop Central 
American study programs. 
Harkrader also orga- 
nized a community-wide 
effort to raise $18,000 
for two trucks sent to 
Nicaragua with Pastors 
for Peace Material Aid 
Caravans. She moved 
her family to Nicaragua 
for a year, where they 
spent 10 months building a health 
clinic in Leon. The health clinic 
expanded to include dental care and 
serve thousands of people. 

"Volunteering is an outlet for my 
creativity," said Harkrader, "a way 
to use my problem-solving skills. 
Volunteering makes life feel worth- 

Kobiashvili, a political science 
and history major, worked with 
Americans serving in Vietnam when 
U.S. involvement in the war there 
was at its height. 

"Vietnam was profoundly life 
changing," said Kobiashvili. "It was 
wonderful to feel part of something 
bigger then yourself. You got so 
much more out of it then you put 
into it." 

In Vietnam, she conducted 
recreation programs for servicemen. 
"It is incredibly humbling spending 
any time around soldiers," said 
Kobiashvili, who described her 
experience in Vietnam as emotional- 
ly intense. 

She returned to the United 
States, earned a law degree at the 
University of Virginia, and worked as 
a district attorney in New York, 
investigating white-collar crime. "It 
didn't matter how bad things got in 
the courtroom," said Kobiashvili. 
"After going to Vietnam, I knew I 
would be walking out of there alive." 

She is a wife and mother of 

three daughters, including Elizabeth 
Gettys Kobiashvili Nelson, who 
graduated from Mary Baldwin in 
2000. "I got all my daughters off to 
women's colleges because I believe 
strongly in women's 
education," she said. 
Kobiashvili, who 
now lives in Texas, pro- 
motes school funding, 
volunteers with the Girl 
Scouts, and teaches 
Sunday school. 
"Volunteering gives life 
meaning," she said. 

Morton, a sociology major, also 
went to Vietnam in 1968 and 
worked in recreation programs for 
servicemen — run by the Red Cross. 
The war, she said, had a tremendous 
impact on anyone graduating at that 
time. "Men I grew up with were 
confronted with the possibility or 
definite plan to go to Vietnam, and I 
wanted to understand it more," said 

"It was challenging, interesting 
work," she said, "trying to make life 
a little more livable for those there." 

Said Morton: "The year in 
Vietnam was a very meaningful 
experience for me. It heightened my 
sense of how precious life is." 

Morton, who has a master's in 
education from Harvard, is execu- 
tive director of a nonprofit clinic 
that she and her husband, D. 
Holmes Morton, a physician, 
founded in Pennsylvania in 1989. It 
primarily serves Amish and 
Mennonite children in Lancaster 
County, treating them for inherited 
disorders for which they are espe- 
cially susceptible. Several years ago, 
her husband gave an Humphreys 
Lecture at Mary Baldwin about his 
studies in genetic diseases affecting 

"Volunteering is an amazing 
experience," said Morton. "It helps 
shape your life." 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 






alumnae/i in action 

Nassawadox, Virginia 

Luncheon with Sara Nair James '69, 

MBC associate professor of art 
November 9, 2002 

1. Front row: Susan Kellam '94, Amine Cosby Kellam 
'35, Sara Nair James '69, Martha Masters '69 
Back row: Anne Holland '88, Mickey Kellam, 
Paige Belote Addison '90, Haley Goffigon '88, Sara 
"Brooks" LasterWheary '98, Pat Holland, Cecile 
Mears Turner '46, Lindsay Jones '69 

Richmond, Virginia 

Reception for then-President Cynthia H.Tyson 
at the Country Club of Virginia hosted 
by the Richmond Area Alumnae/i Chapter 

April 16,2003 

2. Alice Tolley Goodwin '66, Jan Wiethotf Price '66, 
Dr. Tyson 

3. Susan Covington '00, Margaret Broughton '99 

4. Mary Beth Butler '95, Sarah Walus '95, Kimberly 
Peterson Skelly '95, Rand Hargrett Mauck '95 

5. Cathy TurnerTemple '68, Liz Jennings Shupe 70, 
Alumnae/i President Sue McDowell Whitlock '67 
Leigh Yates Farmer 74, R.J. Landin Loderick '86 

6. Carpie Gould Coulbourn '63, Pauline Kirkpatrick 

7. Kristi Blyer '99, Totty Edwards '99, Greta Winn '99, 
Catherine Black Ogletree '99, Ryn Bruce '99, Nicole 
Napier '99, Lauren Dyson '99, Aimee Favreau '99, 
Lisa Helfert Hart '99, Sarah Wilson Clepper '99 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

Dallas, Texas 

Reception for then-President Cynthia H.Tyson 

at the home of Susan Bernoudy Lebowitz '71 
May 4. 2003 

8. Dr Tyson and hostess Susan Bernoudy Lebowitz 71 

9. Paula Stephens Lambert '65, Dr. Tyson, Anne Ponder 
Dickson '61 

10. Knstina Arnold '98, Garnett Clymer Ogden '95, 
Dr. Tyson, Squeaky Suggs Connolly '92 

Houston, Texas 

Reception for then-President Cynthia H.Tyson 

at the home of Theresa Hall Attwell '84 
May 6, 2003 

11. Hostess Theresa Hall Attwell '84, Dr. Tyson, Allison Van 
Eman '86 

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12. Alumnae/i President Sue McDowell Whitlock '67 
Debbie Feigin Sukin '92, Kelly Andrews Coselli '85, 
Vickie Simons '76 

13. Susan Powell Leister '68, Allison HallTeare '76, 
Sheyma Bautista '02, Curtis Williams, Barbara 
Bullock Williams '57, Olivia Young Fisher '73 

Staunton, Virginia 

Luncheon for then-President Cynthia H.Tyson 
at Mary Baldwin College hosted 
by Staunton Area Alumnae/i Chapter 

April 23. 2003 

14. Seated: Dorothy Baughan Moore '40. Diana Rede 
Cabell '56 

Standing: Dr. Tyson, Ginny Gochenour Reid '44, Nancy 
Kunkle Carey '51 

15. Mary Sue Mattox McAllister '77 Kristen Saade '90, 
Dana Flanders '82 

16. Patricia Menk, Mopsy Pool Page '48, Manorie 
Chambers, Dorothy Mulberry, Ethel Smeak '53, 
professor emerita of English 

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Judith W. Godwin '52 in front 
of her painting "Blue Arrow." 

From left: 

Susan Paul Firestone '68, 

Sara Nair James '69, 

Patsy Murphey Whitman '52, 

Godwin, Jean C. Grainger 70, 

and E. Lindsay Jones '69. 

Exhibit, Reception 
Honor MBC Artists 

Patsy Murphey Whitman '52 showed work of two Mary 
Baldwin College alumnae — prominent New York artists 
Judith W. Godwin '52 and Susan Paul Firestone '68 — at 
her PMW Gallery in Stamford, Connecticut, this past 
summer. The gallery also was the setting for a reception 
for the two that drew other alumnae. 

The exhibit was the subject of a well-illustrated, full- 
page article in the Sunday edition of the newspaper 
serving the Stamford area in southern Connecticut, not 
far from New York. Godwin, who received an honorary 
degree from Mary Baldwin at Commencement in May, 
is an Abstract Expressionist. Firestone, whose depictions 
include collage and sculpture in addition to painting, is 
an art therapist as well as an artist. 

At the gallery reception June 29, Sara Nair James '69, 
associate professor of art at MBC, discussed the college's 
instruction about art. Among those attending, besides 
Whitman and the artists: Jean C. Grainger '70 of New 
York, a member of the Alumnae/i Board, and Judith 
Payne Grey '65 and E. Lindsay Jones '69, major-gifts 
officers for Mary Baldwin. 

Former MBC art faculty and the artist and instruc- 
tor they inspired: Nan Rackett Covert 70, second 
from left. Attending her recent exhibition of paint- 
ings in Staunton were, from left, Lois Collins, 
Mary Echols, and Ulysse Desportes. Covert, head 
of the Art Department at Bridgewater College, 
says she balances "the extroverted and social 
practice of teaching" during fall, winter, and spring 
and the "solitary and profoundly personal process 
of making art" each summer. Her medium: oil on 
paper instead of the more usual canvas. Initially 
using paper because it was inexpensive and easy 
to transport, Covert prefers it now. "I like the feel, 
and I like the results." 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Fall 2003 

Clowns — theatrical clowns — have been around for thousands of years, 
from Greek comedies to Italian Commedia dellArte, Shakespeare's charac- 
ters Dogberry and Bottom, among others, and, more recently, Charlie 
Chaplin, Emmett Kelly and Jim Carrey. But the average audience may under- 
stand the artistry of the clown less than that of any other actor. Done well, 
clowning appears so simple that the skill required is often invisible. 

In the Clown class offered this past summer as part of Mary Baldwin's 
master of letters in Shakespeare studies, we explored, through perfor- 
mance, the many facets and faces of the clown. The course, taught by 
Shenandoah Shakespeare's Kate Norris with the help of one of the compa- 
ny's actors, John Harrell, required us to create our own routines to 
demonstrate the fundamental concepts, actions and settings that we rec- 
ognize as funny. 

So much of clowning is not in facial expressions and words but in what 
we do with our bodies. The mask or painted face reduces or eliminates facial 
expression, requiring focus on how the body conveys humor. The class 
spent hours working on the comic forms that rely on body rather than face 
for effect. Many more hours were spent in the world of improvisation. Pairs 
of us enacted scenes when neither one had the slightest idea what the 
other would do. 

Obstacles are opportunities to a clown rather than a problem. 
Understanding how clowns must accept failure and turn it into humor is one 
of the many steps in learning how clowning works. Clowns are little kids 
who are constantly getting into trouble. The child's fierce concentration on 
the task at hand, coupled with an easily distracted brain, creates the sense 
of magic we love in clowns. 

We loved the fun, especially, of finding the clown in each of us. 

Text and photos by Ch< 


Movin' on in — and up — as another year begins 

Wearing distinctive T-shirts that have a little fun with the Mary Baldwin 
logo, student leaders who form the Residence Hall Association help stu- 
dents on Move-In Day as the fall semester begins. Enrollment trends — 
record applications, rising test scores, increased selectivity — continued 
as the college welcomed some 900 residential undergraduate students at 
its historic campus in Staunton and an unprecedented overall total of 
about 2,240 in all programs, including graduate and adult degree-. Once 
again, U.S. News & World Report ranked Mary Baldwin in the top tier of 
master's level universities in the South. Details on Page 11.